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Dutch, Duits, Diets, Deitsch and Deutsch are similar because they are cognate. Meaning that they all ultimately derive from the same root word.

This root is found in the Common West Germanic of about 200-400 AD, and was þeod (or theod) and it meant people.

Though the modern words that derive from this root are similar, they have very different meanings.

Deutsch in German, and Duits in Dutch, means German.

Dutch in English, and Diets in Dutch, means Dutch.

Deitsch is the word used among the Pennsylvania Germans for both modern German and Pennsylvania German.

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