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Title:
What do you call a person from-- ? : a dictionary of resident names
Author:
Dickson, Paul.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY, USA : Facts on File, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xxi, 161 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816019830
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Book

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This dictionary deals with place name derivatives, and catalogues many different words, places and people. It also looks at the origins of nicknames, slang and colloquial terms.


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A dictionary of demonyms, the names commonly given to the residents of particular places. Though most entries are brief (e.g., "Exeter, England, UK. Exonian"), some multipage articles are included for certain US states and countries. Some entries also include extensive historical overviews as to the development of a particular demonym. Most entries are place-specific; however, some, e.g., "French Canadians," give this tool another set of access points to definitions. This work does what it sets out to do well enough. Many of these demonyms can be found in the geographical names section in any good general dictionary (e.g., Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary) though without the historical data contained here. An optional purchase for academic and public libraries. -J. Campbell, Monroe County Community College