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Thread #52026   Message #794843
Posted By: Wolfgang
01-Oct-02 - 12:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
Subject: RE: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
"Patriot" comes from Latin
"pater" which means father, so patriotism is to love the father (parent) or fatherland/motherland, etc... It could just as well
be called "matriotism", but we're coming out of a patriarchal age, so it hasn't been called that.

Not a very convincing argument. It comes more directly from Latin 'patria' (which of course comes from 'pater') so it hardly could have been called 'matriotism'. The argument with the patriarchal age couldn't explain for instance why in German we speak of 'fatherland' and 'mothertongue'. If the patriarchat was responsible why should we speak of 'mothertongue'?