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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => The Wittlesbachs => Topic started by: Manon on January 23, 2020, 01:22:03 PM

Title: The Wittelsbach family
Post by: Manon on January 23, 2020, 01:22:03 PM
Hello

Does anyone  know the meaning of "MAPPERL"
We all  know the meaning of Gackerl and Spatz but I find no explanation for "MAPPERL".
Thanks
Title: Re: The Wittelsbach family
Post by: JGP on January 24, 2020, 09:30:30 PM
It actually means nothing and was invented by Max-Emmanuel when he was a child.  The nickname stuck.

Reference.  The Secret of an Empress By Countess Karoline Franziska M. Zanardi Landi; 1914.
Title: Re: The Wittelsbach family
Post by: Превед on February 08, 2020, 02:32:30 PM
Sounds to me like a child's (his own or a sibling's) attempt at saying a long name like Max-Emanuel. Though it's more common that a child would find the sound p difficult and replace it with b. Replacing the bilabial consonant m with the bilabial p is unusual, but might be an idiosyncracy. Final -l is the diminutive in Bavarian dialect, but is here more likely the final l in Emanuel.