Question on naming nationalities.

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I know this is a stupid question, but...

If your from america your an american, if your from india your an indian, if your from georgia your a georgian etc.
I get that (sort of).
And if your from england, your english, scotland your scotish etc...
But if your from New Zeeland (sp?), are you New Zeelish?
Because that doesn't sound right to me...
I know, pointless, but i had to ask.
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(Original post by Iluvatar)
I know this is a stupid question, but...

If your from america your an american, if your from india your an indian, if your from georgia your a georgian etc.
I get that (sort of).
And if your from england, your english, scotland your scotish etc...
But if your from New Zeeland (sp?), are you New Zeelish?
Because that doesn't sound right to me...
I know, pointless, but i had to ask.
Isn't it Zeelander or something.
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Kiwi
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(Original post by George-W-Duck)
Kiwi
yep your a kiwi!
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(Original post by Bhaal85)
Isn't it Zeelander or something.
Thats what i thought, but why though?
Why isn't it zeelandish?
Or for that matter switzerlandish?
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Maybe ur all stupid, and iit is New Zelanders kiwi is only like us calling the french frogies
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If you're from New Zealand, you're a New Zealander. Swiss if you're from Switzerland.
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(Original post by Nylex)
If you're from New Zealand, you're a New Zealander. Swiss if you're from Switzerland.
Yeah, but why?
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(Original post by Iluvatar)
Yeah, but why?
Maybe just because Zealandish or Zealish sounds silly? And Swiss is much shorter and easier to say than "Switzerlandish".
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Maybe just because Zealandish or Zealish sounds silly? And Swiss is much shorter and easier to say than "Switzerlandish".
And English doesn't???
I do sorta get the swiss thing though
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(Original post by Iluvatar)
And English doesn't???
I do sorta get the swiss thing though
no, English doesnt.

its quite simple. as well as being stupidly long, Switzerlandish doesnt sound good at all.
similarly with new zealander.
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no, English doesnt.

its quite simple. as well as being stupidly long, Switzerlandish doesnt sound good at all.
similarly with new zealander.
Well it does to me. And i think that because we are used to it, it sounds less stupid than it actually is.
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(Original post by Iluvatar)
Well it does to me. And i think that because we are used to it, it sounds less stupid than it actually is.
sometimes, if you say a word over and over it starts to lose its meaning.

'Tesco' for example.
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sometimes, if you say a word over and over it starts to lose its meaning.

'Tesco' for example.
Does Tesco actually mean something then?
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Does Tesco actually mean something then?
oh youre not from England?

its the name a supermarket.
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sometimes, if you say a word over and over it starts to lose its meaning.

'Tesco' for example.
Yeah... I've tried that...

You begin to think "Tes-Co what a stupid word".
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Yeah... I've tried that...

You begin to think "Tes-Co what a stupid word".
Cagoul is another one
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oh youre not from England?

its the name a supermarket.
Yes, i am from england.
And i know that it is a supermarket.
But what you said made me think that the word Tesco itself actually had another meaning.
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Yeah... I've tried that...

You begin to think "Tes-Co what a stupid word".
i then stop saying tesco and start saying co-tes
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The solution to the OP's question would be for someone to look up every nationality word in the full-length Oxford English Dictionary (as in the 25-volume on) and give him the etymology of each.
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