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Because northern Germany (Low Germany), where it is spoken, is lower in elevation than southern Germany.

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Low German

  1. A West Germanic language spoken in Low (i.e. Northern) Germany and north-eastern parts of the Netherlands, and formerly also in large parts of eastern and north-eastern Europe, which developed out of Middle Low German from Old Saxon; often treated as a dialect group of German (or Dutch) for convenience, but widely recognized as a separate language.
  2. (linguistics) Any of a number of West Germanic languages, primarily spoken in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, that did not undergo the High German consonant shift; the group thereof.
  3. (nonstandard) Any of many German dialects that are not the official standard although they are usually referred to only to as "Platt".

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