Re: Shtetl vs. Dorf #general
jewishgen@... (Jules F Levin ameliede@...) wrote
on 04 Feb 2017 in soc.genealogy.jewish:
Nice piece, Alexander. For the record the exact equivalent of shtetl inNice idea, but I am not convinced.
Folk-etymology can work both ways, so the spelling- [and pronounciation- ?]
change >from 'Gheto' to Ghetto could be influenced by the diminuative
'borghetto'. [Is there any doubt that there was a foundry on the island?]
Other etymological novelles suggest it to be >from the nuptial 'get' or >from
Indeed there are many Jewish ghetto's al over Italy,
like there are many Giudecca's [Jewish quarters or islands].
The Venetian name-usage however seems to be two centuries older that the
However the early sequestration of the Jewish quarters started out as not
unique, other [non-Jweish] quarters also were closed at night, and also
whole fortified towns were closed at night all over Europe [far into the
19th c ce], so travelers needed to use inns [also (in-) enclosed for
safety!] outside the gates when arriving at night.
Btw, the old-west of Amsterdam is called "de Jordaan" folk-etymologically
from the river Jordan, but the Jews concentrated in the old-east and inearlier times there were "moestuinen" [vegetable-gardens] there inside the
defended city, so the word more probably came >from the French "jardin" [Eng.
garden, Du. tuin].
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