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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:15 PM   #25561
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"Usonian" which I kind of like.
I don't know why, but it somehow sounds extraterrestrial But yes, it is hard to define the demonym for US
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:17 PM   #25562
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:17 PM   #25563
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The term "Dutch" is also weird if you think about it. The Dutch live in the Netherlands and speak Dutch. In Dutch itself, there is no such word, the language is called "Nederlands" (Netherlandish) and people from the country are called "Nederlanders" (Netherlanders). Also, the Netherlands in Dutch is singular (Nederland). Kingdom of the Netherlands remains plural in Dutch though (Koninkrijk der Nederlanden), but that term is almost never used in daily life.
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:18 PM   #25564
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:18 PM   #25565
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Yeah Chris! Do as you're told!
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:20 PM   #25566
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 07:22 PM   #25567
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 09:51 PM   #25568
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To "Dutch":
In Hungarian language there are some quite funny nation/country names.

"Holland" does not mean a country (neither the Netherlands, nor the real Holland), but it is an adjective and means the nation => "Dutch" in English.
"Hollandia" is the name of the country => "the Netherlands" in English.

"Francia" does not mean a country, but is an adjective for the nation => "French".
"Franciaország" (literally "Frenchland") is the name of the country => "France"

"Portugál", too, is an adjective => "Portugues" while
"Portugália" is the name of the country => "Portugal"

The same for
"Brazil" => "Brazilian" and
"Brazília" => "Brazil"
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 10:19 PM   #25569
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What about Italy and Italian? I remember Hungarian has a very strange name beginning with O, but I can't recall Where does that come from?

As for The Netherlands, here in Italy the country is called "Paesi Bassi" (lit.: Low Countries). But we don't really have a word for Dutch, so we go for Olandese (from Holland).
I've heard "nederlandese" as a translation for Dutch, but it's rarely used.
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 10:49 PM   #25570
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Actually Niederlanden means Low Countries.

Italian => Olasz
Italy => Olaszország ("Italianland")
No idea where this name comes from.
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Italy is Włochy in Polish...
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 11:29 PM   #25572
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Actually Niederlanden means Low Countries.

Italian => Olasz
Italy => Olaszország ("Italianland")
No idea where this name comes from.
I tried to look on Wiktionary, and this is what it says

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/olasz
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From Serbo-Croatian Vlah (“Romanian”) (dialectal, "Italian", "Latin"), Vlasi pl, from Proto-Slavic *volxъ, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *walhaz, from Latin Volcae (“name of a Celtic tribe”). See also the doublet oláh.
So, we're really part of the Romanian empire!!

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Italy is Włochy in Polish...
Seems to me that they share the same origin!
Another funny name for Italy is in Vietnamese: Ý. Only one letter!
http://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9D
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 11:34 PM   #25573
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And the southern part of Romania was named Wlachia or Walachia in the Middle Ages...
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 11:49 PM   #25574
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I tried to look on Wiktionary, and this is what it says

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/olasz


So, we're really part of the Romanian empire!!



Seems to me that they share the same origin!
Another funny name for Italy is in Vietnamese: Ý. Only one letter!
http://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9D
walhaz? Interesting since both "Welsh" in English and "Waals" (Walloon) in Dutch are supposed to come from the same root...basically it meant "people who don't talk like us." Could this be another example of the same Germanic word?
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Old June 4th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #25575
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at Ý.

I prefer those countries that are hard to spell, like Liechtenstein or Kyrgyzstan. Although the later isn't that hard to spell in Spanish (Kirgui(zi)stán).
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Old June 4th, 2014, 10:59 PM   #25577
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My condolences for bogdymol .

This is a long established tradition on Spanish forums
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Old June 4th, 2014, 11:12 PM   #25578
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Last two weeks in high school as a teacher. I am so tired of those kids Never realized how difficult is to design an exam.

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