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- noun rare A name for an
inhabitantor nativeof a specific placethat is derived from the nameof the place.
- noun obsolete A
pseudonymformed of an adjective.
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But what you may not know is that a name commonly given to the residents of a place is called a demonym (from Greek demos, the people, + - nym, name).
Is just that the Usa didn't found a original demonym for themselves so they try to use the term American as if they were the only ones.
Portuguese dictionaries define the demonym latino to refer to natives of Romance-speaking nations influenced by Roman civilization, and to the natives or inhabitants of ancient Latium modern Lazio.
This demonym (derived from the name of the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology) was introduced by Arthur C. C.arke in his novel
38 In these languages, latino, just like any other demonym, is by convention not capitalized.
We accept that the demonym for someone from the United States of America is American, but the country can’t simply be called “America”, there are too many other claims on that name.
a location poll of Viva El Birdians (note to self: come up with better demonym); what surprised me most wasn't the five votes outside the continental US but the eight votes from
Viva El Birdos 2010