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    The right and wrong -ians, -ers, -ish, and -ites: AIB Otis

    On a different thread Otis just referred to the denizens of the Champagne region of France as 'Champagnians'. I have no idea whether or not that's the correct name for someone from Champagne, but the sound of it tickled my funny bone in any event. Personally, I'd be inclined to simply refer to one as a "frog" or "cheese eating surrender monkey", but that's just me.

    What do you call a resident of the city, state, or nation you hail from?

    This is actually a question which occupied the Michigan state legislature enough that they went so far as to vote on what the official name of a state resident should be. They decided on 'Michiganian', but people from/in Michigan in real life refer to themsleves as 'Michiganders' (and yet others simply refer to us as 'unemployed')

    Many states seem to go for the -ian suffix....Georgian, Californian, South Carolinian, etc., but others are not at all obvious unless you happen to know what they refer to themselves as, such as Indiana (Hoosier) or Massachusetts (Bay stater, I believe?)

    Hmmm what do you call someone from Hell, MI? A Hellion? Or perhaps a Demon? What about someone from Truth or Consequences, NM?

    What do you call someone from Delaware, a Delawarian? Do folks from Maine refer to themselves possibly as 'Maniacs'? Inquiring minds want to know. We all know someone from Texas is a Texan but what about someone from Dallas? Are they Dallasites? or Fort Worthians? or Wac(k)os? or Cut and Shooters?
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Do folks from Maine refer to themselves possibly as 'Maniacs'?
    Well, that depends. If you move to Maine and stay the winter, your a "Mainer." If you stay a second winter you become a Maniac. However, unless you were born there, you're always the "new" family.
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    Hmmm.... I grew up in Winter Park FL and can't recall ever hearing anything but "residents of Winter Park", although we were adjacent to Orlando and the people there were Orlandoans.

    I never heard references like that to the last two places I lived in central FL, Longwood and Sanford, either.

    People of our state are Floridians.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    .....I never heard references like that to the last two places I lived in central FL, Longwood and Sanford, either.....
    Perhaps, Longwoodians?

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    What do you call the people from the Bon region of Thailand?
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    What do you call the people from the Bon region of Thailand?
    Thai?






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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Thai?

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    Booooooooo!
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    Booooooooo!
    That was funnier than what you wanted me to reply!

    I think, after U2, we call them Bonos!
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Perhaps, Longwoodians?
    You think that's so funny, huh? Your hometown would sound a whole lot worse!

    Ft Braggarts?

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    Michiganders who live south of the Mackinac Bridge are called trolls. Perhaps we should have been calling them trollians or trollganders? Of course, those who inhabit the great Upper Peninsula of Michigan are called Yoopers.

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    If you're from the Netherlands you are Dutch - now how did that come to pass?


    When I lived across the bay, we had a disrespectful name for the peopoloe living in Tampa. They were logically called Tampons.
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    Wyomingians? Wyomingers? Wyomingites? Wyomingans.....none of these rolls off the tongue. I suppose 'Wyomingite' feels the least unnatural.

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    Interesting: List of demonyms for U.S. states
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...or_U.S._states
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    If you're from the Netherlands you are Dutch - now how did that come to pass?
    From the Old German term "diets".
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Wyomingians? Wyomingers? Wyomingites? Wyomingans.....none of these rolls off the tongue. I suppose 'Wyomingite' feels the least unnatural.
    Consulted my dad (who identifies himself by his county of birth, Lincoln): Wyomingers. And he tells me the Wyomingers refer to us Utahns as "Carrot-Eaters", because we breed like rabbits. I could start a thread on the nonsensical region-speak of Wyoming that he spews....
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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    Natives of the town I work in are Dallasites. In Houston, they are Houstonians. And if you're from Texas, then you're a Texan.
    To complete the Texas/n 500K+ club circle, there are also "Austinites", "San Antonians", "El Pasoans", and "Fort Worthians". Metro area populations generally refer to themselves with the demonyms of whatever central or anchor city they're in line with. I don't know what demonym accurately describes residents of the [Lower] Rio Grande Valley (i.e. the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen area, which has a metro population of about 1.1 million).

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    We drove through Phoenix a few weeks ago and I am still chuckling at the fact that its residents are called Phoenicians.

    I think people from Truth or Consequences should be called Truth or Consequentials, but I don't think they are.

    Albuquerque is a tough one and has a few versions. My favorite is Burqueños (Albuquerque used to be spelled Alburquerque - with the extra "r" - and is sometimes referred to as Burque).
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