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:

DeniseinVA said...

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!

Ramakrishnan said...

Amazing information !

Pilar Domínguez said...

Interesting this information. Kisses:)

Emmylou said...

Mmmmm.....Hershey....:D

Unknown said...

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Margaret D said...

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

Al Penwasser said...

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

Al Penwasser said...

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.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

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

DEZMOND said...

Interesting! I do love strange languages and accents and dialects

Debra She Who Seeks said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

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.

Dana said...

I would love to tour that factory!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

interesting!

Pat Hatt said...

Be one factory worth a tour

Anna-Alina said...

I don't know what Hershey candy is it..

Fundy Blue said...

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

Fundy Blue said...

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!!!!!!

Dascha said...

Didn't know that ^^ Thanks for sharing!

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Christine said...

interesting!

CraveCute said...

That is a great tidbit of information!

the chilicool said...

Very interesting!

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The Happy Whisk said...

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

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very interesting info!

Adam said...

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

Kay said...

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

Theresa Mahoney said...

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