Kartoffel

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian tartuficolo ‎(truffle), from Medieval Latin *territūberum.[1]

The use as an ethnic nickname is due to the prominence of potatoes in German cuisine, particularly vis-à-vis the cuisines of the major allochthone communities in the country. (Compare the corresponding Spagetti used to refer to Italians.)

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  • IPA(key): /kaʁˈtɔfəl/, [kaʁˈtɔfl̩], [kaɐ̯ˈtɔfl̩]
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Noun[edit]

Kartoffel f ‎(genitive Kartoffel, plural Kartoffeln)

  1. potato
  2. (derogatory) a German; particularly an ethnic German from the perspective of allochthone populations in Germany

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “Kartoffel” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1