Schneewittchen

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by Hau Ruck, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Hau Ruck

    Hau Ruck Senior Member

    United States - Midwest
    English - U.S.
    Hello all.

    I understand Scheewittchen to refer to Snow White. I would like some clarity as to the "wittchen" part of this name. Does it have a particular meaning by itself?

    Also, why do you suppose it is not something like Schneeweißen or Schneeweißchen perhaps??

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Demiurg

    Demiurg Senior Member

    Germany
    German
    "wittchen" is Northern German for "weißchen" (little white). It didn't undergo the consonant shift (t => s) and therefore is closer to English "white".

    There's also a German tale called "Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot" (=> Snow-White and Rose-Red).
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  3. Hau Ruck

    Hau Ruck Senior Member

    United States - Midwest
    English - U.S.
    Ah I see! Thanks so much Demiurg. :)
     
  4. Kurtchen Senior Member

    German - Norddeutschland
  5. Hau Ruck

    Hau Ruck Senior Member

    United States - Midwest
    English - U.S.
    Thank you as well Kurtchen. :)
     

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