patriot †compatriot XVI; (orig., as in F., with commendatory adj.) one whose ruling passion is the love of his country XVII. — F. >patriote — late L. >patriōta — Gr. >patriṓtēs, f. >pátrios of one's fathers, >patris fatherland, sb. use of adj. ‘ancestral’, f. patḗr, >patr- FATHER; see -OT.
So patriotic XVII. — late L. — Gr. >patriōtikós. patriotism XVIII.
D: I was reciting the Canadian national anthem with little River, age 6.
I said "patriot" was a reference to men.
That is a hell of a thing to say to a little girl!
Literally, I was correct. Let us examine where patr- comes from, and its various bewildering word forms.
Contrast with MATRON:
pa·tron·ize (ptr-nz, ptr-)
D: patron versus matron. Matronly, patronize.
All derived from PIE for mother/father.
Fatherland has a peculiar ring to it, in light of WWII and the Germans.
Motherland should, but does not.
Homeland would be a sensible substitute.
>Matriot, BTW, is not a word. Apparently those with a motherland still feel patriot love.
Gender assumptions are so deeply embedded in English that we would hafta edit out much vocabulary to excise it.
I'm not going into the pronoun game. The use of 'they', third person plural is a poor choice to address the gendered he/she quandary.
See the end for the 10,000 year old proto-indo european origin.
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