Learn English – If the plural of ‘man’ is ‘men,’ shouldn’t the plural of ‘German’ be ‘Germen’

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What makes these two words so different that 'man' is changed to 'men', but 'German' is changed to 'Germans'?

Best Answer

German is from the Latin word germani; unlike the similar-looking demonyms Englishman and Frenchman, it is etymologically unrelated to the word man and does not form a plural the same way.