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N Jei

nickname, french and german

JEI,N Ca.te.ttm (Toad) is the popular nick name of the French nation, collectively taken, and dates bad: to the time when the ancient kings of France nsed for their device in herald ry 'three toads, erect, saltant,' or in a leaping posture, and Paris was called Lutetia, or land.' Its streets were so quaggy that the French Court, with a point to its pleasantry, called its inhabitants since they, like the reptiles, lived in mud. For the we have JEAN BAPTISTE, and the French peasant is cetiously called JACQUES BON II OM ER MICHEL is the facetious nickname applied to the German people, and intended particularly to satirize the weaknesses and foibles of the national character, especially their proverbial lethargy, heaviness, and credulity. The name :Michael is used in German to designate any simple, uncul tured countryman,and it has probably gained this significance by confusion of the Hebrew word with the old German miehedgross. SAW NEN' is the

ive designation sometimes applied by the English to the Scotch, and is probably a corruption of Sandy, the abbreviation of Alexander. Sawni'v has a humor of his own, strong, and irrepressible, that will break out in spite of worldly thrift, kirk-session, and lectures. It was first given to the Scotch by Coleridge. TAFFY, the Welshman, is a corruption of David, one of the most common of Welsh names. COLIN PON is the oproacliful, contemptuous nickname given to the Swiss in ancient times, and supposed to imitate the sound of their guns. PADDY, from Patrick, refers to the Irish. .lour CuisAmAs is the popular nickname for the Chinese. The first record of this use was in A Letter to the Com mittee of Management of Drury Lane Theatre, London, in 1819. The Russian nickname, IVAN 1 VANOVITC11, denotes the typical muzhik.