[Ads-l] Haligonian

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 11 17:58:30 UTC 2022

Oh, and Mancunian (for Manchester). Liverpudlian is less opaque, but more

On Wed, May 11, 2022 at 1:55 PM Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> There is Cantabrigian, in reference to Cambridge University or to a
> resident of Cambridge (England or Massachusetts).  It derives from
> Cantabrigia, the medieval Latin name for Cambridge.
> Glaswegian is said to have been formed on the analogy of Norwegian, which
> would perhaps make more sense if the city were named Glasway.  Haligonian
> seems to have been the brainchild of whoever named the Halifax Haligonian,
> a newspaper that was extant in 1839 and 1840; it is immediately not clear
> how they came up with the name.
> John Baker
> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> On Behalf Of Bill
> Mullins
> Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 1:18 PM
> Subject: Haligonian
> An article about Mattea Roach, a recent Jeopardy champion, referred to her
> as a "Haligonian" -- that is, one from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
> Why "Haligonian" instead of "Halifaxian"? Why "Glaswegian" instead of
> "Glasgowian"? Are there other names like this, where the denonym is more
> distantly related to its place name than normal?
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