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Irregular demonym

From Teflpedia

An irregular demonym is a demonym that is irregular — in English that means demonym is different to the nationality adjective. There are a few of these in English, mostly relating to countries and territories in Europe. Some of these have separate masculine and feminine forms which form masculine-feminine pairs ending "-man" and "-woman" respectively, though others are dual gender.

List[edit | edit source]

Place Adjective Demonym
Masculine Feminine
Britain/the United Kingdom British Briton (formal), Brit (informal)
Cornwall Cornish Cornishman Cornishwoman
Denmark Danish Dane
England English Englishman Englishwoman
Finland Finnish Finn
France French Frenchman Frenchwoman
Ireland Irish Irishman Irishwoman
Isle of Man Manx Manxman Manxwoman
Netherlands Dutch Dutchman Dutchwoman
Poland Polish Pole
Scotland Scottish or Scots Scot
Scotsman Scotswoman
Spain Spanish Spaniard
Sweden Swedish Swede
Turkey Turkish Turk
Wales Welsh Welshman Welshwoman
Yorkshire Yorkshire Yorkshireman Yorkshirewoman

Pedagogy[edit | edit source]

Generally these just have to be learnt.