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    As stated above
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    Because Pakistan does not end with "a"
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    (Original post by thewhitelines)
    Because Pakistan does not end with "a"
    Neither does Germany.

    OP, Pakistanian doesn't sound right.
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    (Original post by thewhitelines)
    Because Pakistan does not end with "a"
    what about Italy ->Italian it doesn't end with "a"
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    (Original post by King Leonidas)
    Neither does Germany.

    OP, Pakistanian doesn't sound right.
    So sound right is the only logic
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    You should take the Oxford Dictionary to court for this case of extreme racism.
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    (Original post by physicst)
    what about Italy ->Italian it doesn't end with "a"
    I meant most countries ending with "a" have "an"
    Just like Romania, Korea
    Was just an observation
    Now, don't go like what about China->Chinese
    Heck, how would I know, did I invent English? -.-
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    The list could got on....
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    (Original post by thewhitelines)
    I meant most countries ending with "a" have "an"
    Just like Romania, Korea
    Was just an observation
    Now, don't go like what about China->Chinese
    Heck, how would I know, did I invent English? -.-
    That's Interesting
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    (Original post by ApplyYourself)
    Englishian
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    The list could got on....
    sure
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    Russia, Russian.

    India, Indian.

    Pakia, Pakian.

    Pakistan... ?!

    There's no remote analogy between Pakistan and Russia and India. The latter have an open ending with a vowel sound, making it natural to suffix it with an "n" for the nationality. Pakistan itself ends with an "n".
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    (Original post by Flying Cookie)
    Russia, Russian.

    India, Indian.

    Pakia, Pakian.

    Pakistan... ?!

    There's no remote analogy between Pakistan and Russia and India. The latter have an open ending with a vowel sound, making it natural to suffix it with an "n" for the nationality. Pakistan itself ends with an "n".

    I see several objection to such theory. Here is one


    Cameroon ->
    Cameroonian
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    (Original post by physicst)

    I see several objection to such theory. Here is one


    Cameroon ->
    Cameroonian
    You are right. If language followed strict logic, we would say "Camerooni" if we say "Pakistani".
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    (Original post by physicst)

    I see several objection to such theory. Here is one


    Cameroon ->
    Cameroonian
    Either

    A. This is an exception to a rule, or

    B. Cameroon is not the same as Pakistan because its "n" is preceded by two vowels instead of one
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    By the way, I feel the need to point out, any patterns or logic that arise in language are a reflection of our thinking rather than an obedience of predetermined rules. There's no point in establishing any nationality deriving rules. If you come up with a catchy name to define a country's residents and it catches on, its keeping or breaking of an abstract rule is irrelevant.
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    :lol: never thought about this before, but doesn't really matter I would say.

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    You choose to send your limited time on Earth upbraiding one another on such bull****!
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    "french" because "ch" is another way of saying "*tsk*" or "ptff"
    "english" because we're "ish" - we're not very strict with who we are
    "american" because they can? or "an" because the people who founded these nations were named anne
    "pakistani" because "i" implies diminuisation because pakistan is so cute
    "chinese" because they're "easy"
    "new zealanders" (ers) because they're assertive go-getters
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    "Stan" means country or place I believe. So:

    Uzbekistan -> Uzbek
    Turkmenistan -> Turkmen
    Pakistan -> ...Pak?
 
 
 
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