Why Germans are called Krauts?

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Why Germans are called Krauts?

The word ‘Kraut, is in the German language which was imported from the English language in 1918. It is a word that represents diminishing of something for the Germans. In English, this word has the meaning of sauerkraut which is called a fermented white cabbage. This word is used in various other terms as compound nouns for naming herbs and cabbage forms.

Earlier ‘kraut, was considered to name tobacco and these days it is used to name marijuana which is a weed. The word ‘kraut, might have been used for German sailors who have the habit of taking sauerkraut with them in order to fight against scurvy. This word was considered as a colloquial word used for Germans somewhere around middle of the 19th century. During the World War I, the English used this word ‘kraut, for Germans. In World War II, the United States used this word more than British did. It was believed that sauerkraut was eaten by Germans and this was mostly represented in various books.

Krautrock is a famous form of German post- Prog Rock in 1960s and 70s. ‘Kruats with attitude, is the music record released in Germany in 1991. There is a music album released by Germans called as ‘Los Sounds De Krauts,.

Raw sauerkraut is known as a good source of vitamin C. The British preferred to take sauerkraut considering it as an effective cure for scurvy disease. Later, they started taking Lime juice for treating scurvy while German sailors continued to take sauerkraut. Hence the British were called ‘Limeys, and Germans were called as ‘Krauts,. It is believed that the word was not used for the whole Germans as a nation. It was used by the other country soldiers on German soldiers. It is not the usage that underestimates or teases the entire German race but it is only the jargon used by British and American soldiers.

Kraut is a casually used term still representing the Germans. In reality, it means a famous German dish made of fermented cabbage.

Author: Hari M

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