Friday, January 31, 2014

Fact of the Day: Pennsylvanian Dutch

 The founder of Hershey candy, Milton Hershey did not speak English as his first language. Due to his family, he grew up speaking Pennsylvania Dutch, a Germanic language founded in America. 

27 comments:

  1. That's a very interesting bit of trivia. I went to the Hershey Chocolate Factory years ago, and remember the whole town smelling of chocolate!

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  2. I am not a great chocolate eater so haven't heard of that name.

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  3. You know you've lived in Pennsylvania a long time when you immediately recognize a picture of Uncle Milton.

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  4. And, if they ever make a movie about the life of Milton Hershey (how sweet would that be?), Brian Doyle-Murray would be a dead ringer for him.

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  5. He founded Hershey's? This man is my personal hero...

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  6. Interesting! I do love strange languages and accents and dialects

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  7. Anybody who supplies the world with chocolate is a hero in my book.

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  8. I wonder if people who speak Pennsylvania Dutch can speak with people in the Netherlands. My mom speaks California Portuguese and no one from Portugal can understand her.

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    1. it's actually closer to German than Dutch. Though the latter is a Germanic language as well.

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  9. I would love to tour that factory!

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    1. You're not missing anything great. For me anyway, it's sickly sweet.

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  11. The world would be a much safer place if Milton Hershey had not graced it with his presence! Happy weekend to you and yours!

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    1. I hate when my computer predicts and corrects what I say, and I don't catch it!!!!! ... a much sadder place ... Well, maybe safer is better. After all, if you've ever seen a crazed chocoholic looking for her next fix!!!!!!

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  12. Didn't know that ^^ Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    It's Dash

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  13. That is a great tidbit of information!

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  14. Sigh.... I grew up on Hershey bars. : -)

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  15. I don't care what he spoke. They make some yummy confections, and that's all that matters to me ;)

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