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Kaiser, like the Russian term czar, is a corruption of the Latin caesar. The pronunciation changed when the term passed into the Teutonic languages (the OED claims it was the first Latin word to do so).

Alternatively, the pronunciation may have been established at the insistence of Keyser Sose, since noone wanted to argue with him...


Caesar = Curly:

Yup. Another, non-crazy non-Imperator branch of the Julius family WAS actually quite hairy, but their nickname, if I remember right, meant "carrot top". Or something like that. Apparently the first thing to go wild in the family was the hair...

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