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#5237 - 08/15/00 05:25 AM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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I'm originally from Connecticut. I guess the word authorities really wrestled with that for a century or two. CT is the Constitution State or the Nutmeg state. We are called Nutmeggers and I used to know why just as I used to know the name for the term being sought here.

Most of us just say "I'm from Connecticut."


#5238 - 08/15/00 07:56 AM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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My schoolboy Latin tells me that gubernare was also to steer or navigate as in a ship


#5239 - 08/15/00 11:19 AM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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Brewer says: Wykehamist. A member of Winchester College, past or present, which was founded in 1378 by William of Wykeham (1324-1404), Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England. He also founded New College, Oxford, and was born at Wickham in Hampshire.


#5240 - 08/15/00 04:00 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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> Someone from Texas is a Texan.

Interestingly, there was a fierce debate in the middle of the 19th century over whether people from Texas would call themselves Texans or Texians. Apparently Texan won. My historian friend from Texas says that occasionally you will hear the term Texian but most Texans would reject it.

I have heard it said that women from Michigan are Michigeese because men are Michiganders. But I have no idea what the generic word is for these designations, though I assume there is one.



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#5241 - 08/15/00 04:02 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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>f people from Manchester are Mancunians what are people from Winchester called?

Well, the boys are Colts.



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#5242 - 08/15/00 04:03 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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>If people from Manchester are Mancunians what are people from Winchester called?

But the most famous guy from Winchester simply called himself "The Virginian"



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#5243 - 08/15/00 05:27 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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>I have no idea what the generic word is for these designations, though I assume there is one.

okay, I can't keep this to myself any longer. terms such as Nutmeggers and Hoosiers are called "nicknames" and the others such as Mancunians and Texans are called "sobriquets".


#5244 - 08/15/00 06:11 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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anyone know where "taswegian" for "tasmaninan" comes from?


#5245 - 08/15/00 06:28 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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* Origin of Taswegian [ZS]

Tasway n, {Colloq.} Tasmania [backformation from TASWEGIAN by analogy
with {Norwegian} adj, from {Norway}
Taswegian n -> Tasmanian [TAS(MANIAN) + {-wegian} (by analogy with
{Norwegian, Glaswegian,} etc.)]


{from soc.culture.australian FAQ}


#5246 - 08/15/00 06:43 PM Re: Words describing geog. origins?  
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just noticed my sp. error,
anyway... never heard of "tasway"! amazing.
does that mean taswegian came before tasway?
never cease to amaze will language!



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