Finding the precise word or phrase that will help a writer express his idea with impact and accuracy requires a very special tool. It is hoped that this Dictionary of Plautdietsch Synonyms and Antonyms will prove to be that tool for people writing in the Plautdietsch dialect. Work on this project over a number of years has proven to the author that our 450-year-old dialect, originally formulated in the
16th and 17th centuries in Northern Europe, is unbelievably and un- expectedly rich in its vocabulary and possibilities of expression.
The stimulus for the present work arose out of the enjoyment experienced by the author in the use of such synonym and antonym finders in other languages. This attempt to create such a dictionary in the Plautdietsch dialect is the result. Collected Plautdietsch
Poems (Jesaumelde Plautdietsche Jedichte) and Selected Plautdietsch
Stories (Uutjewülte Plautdietsche Jeschichte. The fascination with versifying stem's from the author's elementary school years in the
Kansas public school system of the 1930s. Although the early efforts were nothing more than collections of unconscious iambic and trochaic feet, compliments from teachers, parents, and friends lent sufficient encouragement to keep the fascination alive.
The present collection consists primarily of the efforts of recent years, all earlier examples having unfortunately disappeared with the passage of time. The emotions, the inner and outer aspects of the author's young life with which these poems deal, were created and shaped during the Great Depression years of the 1930s. These experiences, heightened by the memory of the economic poverty and hardships of his family situation, caused a deep seriousness to develop in his psyche and most of the poems clearly reflect that.