The other day I came across the Dutch word stuurknuppel [ˈstyːrˌknʏ.pəl] and had to find out where it comes from. I also rather like the sound of it.
Stuurknuppel means joystick, stick or controls, particularly in an aeroplane. It comes from sturen [ˈstyːrə(n)] (to steer, guide, send), and knuppel [ˈknʏpəl], which means a club, cudgel or other blunt instrument, and also a clown, lout or awkward individual [source].
Sturen comes from the Middle Dutch sturen (to steer, direct, lead), from the Old Dutch stiuren, from the Proto-Germanic *stiurijaną (to direct, steer). The English word steer comes from the same root, as do related words in other Germanic languages [source].
Some related words include:
- fietsstuur = handlebars
- stuurhuis = wheelhouse, pilothouse
- stuurhut = wheelhouse, cockpit, flight deck
- stuurstang = handlebar, steering rod
- stuurwiel = steering wheel
- gummiknuppel = truncheon, baton
- honkbalknuppel = baseball bat