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![h=3][/h]
     
  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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