Friday Weisblog: Dem’s some good demonyms

As I began browsing for a good blog topic for today, I came across an article that mentioned residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico. When I saw the peculiar spelling of what they were called, I knew I had a good, albeit offbeat blog topic!

So, without further adieu, see if you know what the residents of each of these locations are called. Answers will be at the bottom of the article.

(1) What do you call residents of Santa Fe, NM?

(2) What do you call residents of Phoenix, AZ?

(3) What do you call residents of Scotland?

(4) What do you call residents of the Congo?

(5) What do you call residents of Iceland?

(6) What do you call residents of Kazakhstan?

(7) What do you call residents of Turkey?

(8) What do you call residents of Djibouti? (pronounced “Ja-booty)

(9) What do you call residents of Wales?

(10)  What do you call residents of Cameroon?

Before we get to the answers, you should know that a few of these are easier than they seem to be, and a few are darn near impossible to guess unless you’ve heard them before. Also, these “what-do-you-call-a-person-who-comes-from?” terms actually have a name – demonyms (pronounced demo-nyms).

Now for what you’ve been waiting for:

(1) What do you call residents of Santa Fe, NM? Santa Feans

(2) What do you call residents of Phoenix, AZ? Phonecians

(3) What do you call residents of Scotland? Scots or Scottish

(4) What do you call residents of the Congo? Congolese

(5) What do you call residents of Iceland? Icelanders

(6) What do you call residents of Kazakhstan? Kazakhstani

(7) What do you call residents of Turkey? Turks

(8) What do you call residents of Djibouti? (pronounced “Ja-booty) Djibouti (no change from the original)

(9) What do you call residents of Wales? Welsh

(10)  What do you call residents of Cameroon? Cameroonian

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One response to “Friday Weisblog: Dem’s some good demonyms

  1. Rafael Calvo

    wtf!

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