View Poll Results: Germanic or Teutonic, which do you prefer?

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Thread: Germanic or Teutonic, Which Term Do You Prefer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradford View Post
    Don't you? It's more fitting, as it really comes from the Germanic word for themselves. People, so, Teut, Theod, Deutsch, etc.

    Well whatever... I just like the term better.

    The problem with the word "Germanic", is that it is too close to the word "German", so people naturally think when you call them Germanic, that you are calling them Germans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngloTeutonic View Post
    The problem with the word "Germanic", is that it is too close to the word "German", so people naturally think when you call them Germanic, that you are calling them Germans.
    Only in English. Anyway, I'm going to make a poll abut this.

    Please vote your preference, how should 'Germanic' people be called and why?

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    I chose Germanic because it is all-encompassing. Teutonic refers specifically to one Germanic tribe, the Teutones. I think any confusion about the meaning of the word Germanic and whom it refers to is just a product of ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngloTeutonic View Post
    The problem with the word "Germanic", is that it is too close to the word "German", so people naturally think when you call them Germanic, that you are calling them Germans.
    But that misinterpretation is just a gap in education. It could be solved with information and rectification.

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Also I really don't like being associated with Germans, to be totally honest. No offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradford View Post
    Also I really don't like being associated with Germans, to be totally honest. No offense.
    None taken. I don't like Americans who want to be German either.

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    Yeah, you'll get a lot of that, since German music is popular.

    I'm English-American, but on both sides, they're from the quaker and mayflower colonies.

    So I'm pretty American.

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    I originally prefered "Teutonic" over "Germanic" on the poll. But after some thoughts I consider "Germanic" is more widely accepted amongst the community. It would be awkward to explain to strangers that we are "Teutonic" people rather than "Germanic", at least in English Language. Englishmen may consider themselves more affined to "Germanic" or "Anglo-Saxon" or even simply "Saxon" culture rather than "Teutonic" one.

    I suppose some groups of German people (in Deutschland) may favour "Teutonic" over "Germanic". Even so, most German people seem to prefer "Germanic" over "Teutonic". As mentioned in the post above, "Teutonic" could be too specific for other Germanic groups, from Anglo-Saxons to Nordic peoples, and South Germans.

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    I prefer Germanic, as Teutonic only refers to a single tribe, and is also related to the Teutonic order which attempted to forcibly convert the Orthodox slavic nations to roman Catholicism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriemhild View Post
    I chose Germanic because it is all-encompassing. Teutonic refers specifically to one Germanic tribe, the Teutones. I think any confusion about the meaning of the word Germanic and whom it refers to is just a product of ignorance.
    "Germanic" comes from a tribe too remember (the 'Germanoí'). When speaking English I say Teutonic, because words all may have particular roots (little tribes) that lead to universals (entire language groups) but there was no designating term originally so alternate terms must be found: this happens time and again. The thing is to be practical with a name in the language and terminology you are now using, and too many anglophones get "Germanic" confused with "of German" or Deutsch proper. Not everyone is like us, and in fact I think the majority of plebian minded individuals that make the masses, who speak English, do think "German" when they hear "Germanic" and not English, Scandinavian, etc., as well; most of these same think something else when they hear "Teutonic", at least if they do not understand it they do not assume so there is less confusion.

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