Ride em Rhino

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Dahai
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Re: Ride em Rhino

Post by Dahai » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:36 pm

The Dutch - when first seeing both White and Black Rhinos - called the former wide-mouthed to differentiate between the two. Unfortunately, when the English arrived on the scene they overheard the term wide-mouthed being used and - being English - misunderstood the Dutch. They only heard the first part and assumed it meant white due to their lighter colour. The name stuck. (For their part the rhinos were quite relieved at this turn of events. Firstly they did not know they were rhinos and second they rather objected to being called wide. :r )

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Re: Ride em Rhino

Post by Martin » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:11 am

Dahai wrote:The Dutch - when first seeing both White and Black Rhinos - called the former wide-mouthed to differentiate between the two. Unfortunately, when the English arrived on the scene they overheard the term wide-mouthed being used and - being English - misunderstood the Dutch. They only heard the first part and assumed it meant white due to their lighter colour. The name stuck. (For their part the rhinos were quite relieved at this turn of events. Firstly they did not know they were rhinos and second they rather objected to being called wide. :r )

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I believe the Dutch/Africaans word for "wide" was something like "wijid' which is where, as you've pointed out above, the confusion came in.

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