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A Very Serious Question.

Why are people from Canada called Canadians? Why not Canadans? I mean...
Ethiopia → Ethiopians

Australia → Australians

Macedonia → Macedonians

Virginia → Virginians

but...
Libya → Libyans

Cuba → Cubans

Andorra → Andorrans

Uganda → Ugandans

Seriously, Canada, what's up with the extra i, huh?

I think you should drop it. It looks a bit pretentious on you.

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happycamp
May. 23rd, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
"LOL" ;]
scythrop
May. 23rd, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world.
Except for...

→ LOLans
youngliars
May. 23rd, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ghanaians!
scythrop
May. 23rd, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Really?! I had no idea. But honestly, that's still just adding a suffix, not insidiously inserting a vowel. More like...

Chad → Chadians

than

Canada → Canadians

Ouch, I can barely stand to even type that CRUEL LIE of a national designation!
schwarzes_herz
May. 23rd, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
sound aesthetics
Probably because "Canadans" sounds ridiculously stupid.
scythrop
May. 23rd, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: sound aesthetics
You think? Well, I suppose they could change the name of the country to Canadia. Something must be altered.
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schwarzes_herz
May. 23rd, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: sound aesthetics
I think! I've thought about this before, and always thought it just sounds wrong.

Something must be altered.

Your neurosis about Canada, maybe? ;)

You could just do what I do and call it Canuckistan (Canuckistani).
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ilovecupcakes
May. 23rd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously, Canada, what's up with the extra i, huh?

shouldn't it be "eh?"

love,

a bostonian

scythrop
May. 23rd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Does that "eh" come with a side of back bacon?
HAHA! I guess I need to dig out my Bob & Doug McKenzie cassettes to brush up!
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personofporlock
May. 23rd, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Dallasites. That's the worst. The end.
scythrop
May. 23rd, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
I am actually LOL-ing at this!!!
miabella
May. 24th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
i can't sleep so i read all the comments on this post up 'til now and i'm thoroughly amused (though, sadly, have nothing to offer)!

ooh, wait - how about this: austin = austonians? like bostonians? or are they austinians (like darwinians)? or austinites? i don't know....
scythrop
May. 24th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
This did end up being way more amusing than I'd expected. And educational!

Wikipedia says Austinites. Not nearly as funny as Dallasites!
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