A resident of Provo?

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Dec 18 17:55:23 UTC 2001



>I figure that *somebody* on this list may know this one.
>I am in need of the one-word term for a resident of Provo (the town in Utah
>where Brigham Young University is located). Since i work in Provo, i figured
>i could just informally ask some natives of Provo what they call themselves,
>but i've gotten conflicting answers from them. So far i've gotten
>(approximately in order of descending frequency): Provoan, Provoite,
>Provonian, Provan, Provoer. About half the respondents have given Provoan,
>but some of the others have explicitly and spontaneously told me that
>whatever it is, it's *not* Provoan.
>I've looked in a few places where i'd expect to find answers to this sort of
>thing, and i've come up blank.
>(I don't even *want* to try to know what residents of Skull Valley, Utah are
>called! :-] )
>Is this just a situation where i get to roll my own?
>David, who uses Waldorfian for residents of Waldorf, Maryland
>David Bowie                                   Department of Linguistics
>Assistant Professor                            Brigham Young University
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