Does English “snug” relate to German “Schnuckel”?

Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2019 06:12 am
Does English “snug” relate to German “Schnuckel”?
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Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2019 06:52 am
No. Different linguistic root entirely. English vocabulary is not really subject to rational analysis — the words are derived from so many different tongues, the spellings have changed over the years, and many of the meanings have been altered as well.

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1590s, "compact, trim" (of a ship), especially "protected from the weather," perhaps from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse snoggr "short-haired," Old Swedish snygg, Old Danish snøg "neat, tidy," perhaps from PIE *kes- (1) "to scratch" (see xyster). Sense of "in a state of ease or comfort" first recorded 1620s. Meaning "fit closely" is first found 1838. Expression snug as a bug in a rug attested by 1769; earlier snug as a bee in a box (1706).

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Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2019 07:47 am
"Schnucke" actually is the name of a moorland sheep from northern Germany ("Heidschnucke").
The 17th century low-German Snukke is thaught to be a sound painting word formation (copying the bleating or the eating noise of the sheep).
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Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2019 11:40 pm
There's at least one song about it.

Probably related to a group of chiefly German Low German and Central German dialect verbs schnucken, schnuckeln, and variants. These verbs mean “to eat sweets”, “to suck (like a baby)”, occasionally “to kiss”, all of which senses suit the noun perfectly.

IPA(key): /ˈʃnʊkəl/
Schnuckel m (genitive Schnuckels, plural Schnuckel, diminutive Schnuckelchen n)

darling, sweetheart, baby

Oh! I do like to snug and have a schnuckel!
I do like to snog and schnorkel too!
Oh I do like maelstrom down on the Prom, Prom, Prom!
While the brass bands play, "Tiddly-om-pom-pom!"
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2019 02:03 pm
Schnucki, ach Schnucki Wink

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