MASSES of e-mail on this one. People love this word stuff. I can blog all
day about politics, and the world slumbers; give people words to play with,
and they come alive. Interesting.
Well: I haven’t actually been all that successful at getting weird names
for the natives of U.S. towns and states. For some reason, the weird stuff
is elsewhere — esp. Canada. However, just on the U.S.A.:
(1) “New Jerseyan” or “New Jerseyite”? Natives of the Garden State seem to
prefer the former, though style books tend to give the latter. (Though not
NR’s; I have a “-an” citation from NRODT.)
(2) Michigan is in a state of incipient civil war over “Mighiganian” vs.
“Michigander.” [Note from Derb: Shouldn’t “Michigander” be for males only,
with “Michigeese” for gals? Just asking.] Furthermore, natives of the
Michigan upper peninsula are “oopers,” and refer to the downstaters as
(3) Folk from Canton, China may indeed be “Cantonese,” but if you come from
Canton, Ohio, you are a “Cantonian.” Go figure. (No reports in yet from
(4) Natives of Seattle are of course “Seattlites,” but my informant couldn’t
remember whether they hang down from the ceiling or stick up from the floor.
(Just so long as they stay in orbit, say I.)
(5) People from Florida are “Floridians,” but people from Nevada are
“Nevadans.” Why? asks a reader. What happened to the “i”? Beats me. If
anyone has seen it lying around, please inform us at NRO.
(6) Lots of slightly un-PC suggestions about “Mainiacs,” “Vermongoloids,”
etc., which I shall pass over without comment.
(7) Neither of my two correspondents from Connecticut have any idea what to
call themselves. Can anyone help? (Note: “Connecticutie” is of VERY
(8) A person from Phoenix, Ariz., is a “Phoenician.” Just don’t go off
founding any cities in N. Africa and challenging the might of Rome, guys.
(9) Shed a tear for the Clintonians (of Clinton, IN) and the Kirkatoids (of
(10) If you come from Key West, you’re a “Conch.”