Questions tagged [demonyms]

Names for people belonging to certain demographics: "British" for someone from Great Britain, for example.

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Are you an English? Are you a British?

I once encountered a lady who seemed to come from America or the United Kingdom. When I asked Are you an American? she said no. I was reluctant to ask if she is an English because it sounded very ...
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Bananian or Banananian

Why are people coming from Canada called Canadian but Panama Panamanian? If someone comes from Banana Republic, should that be Bananian or Banananian?
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Is there a rule for when a demonym can be used as a noun and an adjective?

A fairly common mistake for English language learners from certain countries is to say something like, "I am a French" or "I am a Spanish", which is incorrect (today you would say "I am French/Spanish"...
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“Square” + “-er” suffix: Denoting a person belonging to a company called “Square”

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the -er suffix could be used to denote a person belonging to a specified group (e.g. New Yorker for New York). Suppose now that I work for a company called "Square". ...
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Michael is a New Zealander or Michael is New Zealander? Article before nationalities?

Do I have to say "Michael is a New Zealander" or can I leave out the indefinite article "a"?
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“They are Australian” vs “They are Australians”

On the very first page of "Essential Grammar in Use" book of R.Murphy. He wrote Those people aren't English. They're Australian. My question are Is this sentence grammatically correct? What is ...
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Are “Bashkir” and “Bashkirian” interchangeable adjectives?

The language spoken by the dwellers of Bashkortostan is Bashkir language. There's company named Bashkirian Airlines but also another company named "Bashkir Soda Company". Are the two adjectives ...
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Is it unpleasant to be called English when you're Scottish?

“the English: people from England, or sometimes from all of Britain” (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English) “the English: infml the people of Britain” (Longman Dictionary of English ...
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How do I refer to the people living in the particular city? Is it random always?

Where do demonyms come from? At times they take -ite, some times -an, -er and this one is jaw-dropping '-siders!' A person living in New York is a New Yorker (-er) A person living in Delhi is ...