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Countries With an "Ish" Demonym

A person from the Netherlands is Dutch. Someone from Mexico is Mexican. Which countries have people who are something "ish"?
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Country
Denmark (Danish)
Finland (Finnish)
Ireland (Irish)
Luxembourg (Luxembourgish)
Poland (Polish)
Country
Spain (Spanish)
Sweden (Swedish)
Turkey (Turkish)
United Kingdom (British)
100 Recent Comments
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Level 83
Apr 29, 2020
Interesting geographical repartition.
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
Though I am not familiar with the word repartition, I can guess what you mean ( though I find the "re" part interesting. It has only been partiotioned once hasnt it? ;) )

Anyway, a common denominator here is the sufix -land. The Netherlands is an exception (the word Netherlandish does exist but is hardly ever used and does not sound right anymore).

I guess Switzerland and Thailand didn't make it because, you would get Swissish/Switzish (which it might have been at one point, you can see how that easily turns into "Swiss") And Thaiish

As for the others on this list, I am sure the speakers of þe Olde Ænglisc had a good reason ;)

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Level 83
Apr 30, 2020
Netherlandish refers to the time before the wars of religion started in the sixteenth century when Flanders (and Brabant) was the dominant region in the Lowlands (used to be able to use this word interchangeably with Netherlands) but was kept from withdrawing from Spain's power and religion as Holland and other parts of the Northern Lowlands were able to do. This is why after this secession the south was referred to as the Spanish Netherlands and later the Austrian Netherlands. Before this time the north and the south represented a similar enough culture to be grouped somewhat together, which is why Netherlandish is still used to describe these cultures five hundreds years ago or so.
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Level 75
May 1, 2020
Nothing to do with Captain Hook then?
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Level 54
Jun 12, 2020
also thailand and (formerly) swaziland. which are thai and swazi respectively
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Level 70
Apr 29, 2020
it didn't occur to me that the denonym doesn't need to start with the same letter as the country so I almost missed the UK as I was trying to think of a denonym that starts with a letter between T and Z :D

The quiz idea is really great though, I enjoyed the quiz a lot!

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Level 55
Apr 30, 2020
Darn, I dismissed Luxembourg because I thought they were Luxembourgers.
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Level 82
Apr 30, 2020
Luxembourgers are Luxembourgish, maybe? Though auto-correct wants to correct the latter to "Luxembourgian."
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2020
that's true the language they speak is luxemourgish it's essentially french and german thrown in a blender
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Level 76
Apr 30, 2020
Are those like Hamburgers?
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
Basically yes, if you are referring to the residents of the city of Hamburg and not the food.
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Level 73
Apr 26, 2023
Yes, they are luxurious hamburgers.
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Level 55
May 10, 2024
luxembourgious hamburgers
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Level 55
May 10, 2024
Turkeyburgers?
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
I agree British is the correct answer, but I tried English, cause well, you never know, on some quizzes England is an acceptable answer. When it not unsurprisingly wasn't accepted, I actually disregarded the UK as a whole.
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
I prefer to say I'm English rather than British. I'm sure most Scottish and Welsh people would rather say where they are actually from rather than British as well.
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Level 76
May 10, 2020
Not me, because most of the people I meet outside Europe have no idea what Wales/Welsh is, even if I say it in their language.
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Level 44
Jun 15, 2020
It might be true, but I believe those who come up with English must have tried British next to get the correct answer.

That's why I wonder why British has got the second lowest rate after Luxembourg, though UK looks the most influential one among these ish countries...

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Level 56
Jan 25, 2021
To be fair I'm English (not to mention British) and I didn't even think of putting either. I got all the others... it comes of being a twit.
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Level 68
May 19, 2020
How have people not heard of Wales?!
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Level 78
Jun 12, 2020
I don't think England is ever accepted if the United Kingdom is meant. Some historical quizzes accept England because that was the name of the country pre-1707, and on football quizzes, you need to type England, Scotland, Wales, North Ireland because they have their separative FIFA teams.
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Level 68
Jun 16, 2020
I understand that. But it isn't going to stop me from describing myself as English. I've never felt "British". I only put that down when forms tell me to.
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Level 61
Apr 30, 2020
Imagine being British and not getting it :(
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Level 77
Apr 30, 2020
Happens all the time.
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Level 31
Apr 30, 2020
i forgot swedish. i am swedish.
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Level 77
May 6, 2020
Should there be an extra h in Luxembourgish? Luxembourghish?
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Level ∞
May 7, 2020
No. Fixed.
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Level 76
May 10, 2020
The correct spelling is Lhuxhembhorghish
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Level 37
May 20, 2020
Exactly, just like Danish should really be Dhahnhihsh
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Level 37
May 20, 2020
Could you accept English for British? I hear a lot of people call them that
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Level 59
Jun 16, 2020
Just because people say certain things, it doesn't mean it's correct. The term "English" refers to England only, just one of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. Many people do use English/England when they mean the UK, but it is technically incorrect (it's also insulting to Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish people).
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Level 66
May 13, 2024
It's not technically incorrect, it's blatantly incorrect
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Level 30
May 13, 2024
But the term ‘British’ also ignores northern ireland, as it is a part of ireland not britain. in my opinion, british refers to people from england. If the quiz is going to accept ‘british’ then it should also accept ‘scottish’
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Level 73
May 16, 2024
Then your opinion is obviously incorrect
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Level 60
Jun 12, 2020
Please accept English for British
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Level 68
Jun 12, 2020
You've not got to level 54 and not familiarized yourself with Jetpunks' rules on what makes a country have you? You know the UK is comprised of 4 countries and we don't count them alone.
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Level 72
Jun 12, 2020
Yeah, if you're gonna insist on accepting English, you should also include Northern Irish and Scottish. You're being discriminatory, FerroequinoSWAT!
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Level 68
Jun 16, 2020
This quiz SHOULD also accept Scottish and (Northern) Irish as well as English. We know we are no longer considered "proper" countries but nevertheless, that is what most people would say they are - English/Scottish/Irish/Welsh NOT British.

I've met Scottish people who would punch you for calling them anything other than Scottish!

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Level 79
Jul 1, 2020
Yeah, and Cornish and Kentish.

Get over yourselves.

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Level 64
Jun 12, 2020
Is it just me, or these all European countrires?
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Level 49
Jun 12, 2020
Turkey isn't. For the most part.
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Level 47
May 10, 2024
For the most part. But for a minor part, it is.
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Level 49
Jun 12, 2020
Turkey is not
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Level 47
May 10, 2024
Would you be surprised to find that a portion of Turkey IS in Europe?
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Level 49
Jun 12, 2020
Didn't get British because I thought the demonyms would be alphabetical too. Hard luck.
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Level 62
Jun 12, 2020
As a family we would say Luxembourgish as a joke because it sounds clumsy- oops. Needless to say I missed that one.
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Level 40
Jun 12, 2020
Can't believe I got Luxembourgish but not Turkish
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Level 68
Jun 12, 2020
Same!
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Level 63
Jun 12, 2020
Thinking in German is a real hindrance in this quiz.
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Level 56
Jun 12, 2020
Lol I got Luxembourgish but not British
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Level 74
Jun 12, 2020
Great quiz! Really easy though XD
+6
Level 71
Jun 12, 2020
Who am I? My name is Ish.

On my hand I have a dish.

I have this dish to help me wish.

When I wish to make a wish,

I wave my hand with a big swish swish.

Then I say, "I wish for fish!"

And I get fish right on my dish.

So...

If you wish to make a wish,

you may swish for fish with my Ish wish dish.

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Level 56
Jun 12, 2020
People from the Flanders region of Belgium are considered Flemish.
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Level 65
Jun 13, 2020
If a person from The Netherlands is a Ducth then the one from Spain is Spaniard and not Spanish. Sweden is Swedes, Turks for Turkey, Poles for people from Poland etc.
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Level 78
Mar 12, 2021
A Dutchman/woman to be precise, but I agree. An a person from Luxembourg is actually a Luxembourger. 'Luxemburgish'/'Luxembourgish' the language of Luxembourg.
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Level 30
May 13, 2024
Dutch refers to BOTH the singular person and the entirety of people from Netherlands. For example, I could say “I hate the Dutch,” which is a general term, but I could also say “Winston Churchill is Dutch,” which refers to a single persons nationality. Also, I’m aware Churchill is not dutch.
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Level 62
Jun 13, 2020
This was surprisingly easy. Thank God people from Palau aren’t Palauish
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Level 66
May 13, 2024
I actually thought of Palau specifically while taking this quiz, worried there'd be one outside of Europe lol
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Level 65
Jun 14, 2020
Would have gotten more but I was only sober-ish.
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Level 77
Sep 9, 2020
Weird...Luxembourg was the one that immediately popped into my head before any others and it's by FAR the lowest.
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Level 78
Mar 12, 2021
Me too, and yet I still managed to forget SWEDISH and TURKISH!!
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Level 45
Dec 10, 2020
Another 5 points.
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Level 40
Feb 22, 2021
Missed Spanish :|
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Level 31
Apr 1, 2021
SCOTTISH come on now
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Level 57
Apr 13, 2021
Luxembourgish...
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Level 77
Mar 15, 2022
I thought a person from Luxembourg was a Luxembourger, and they spoke Luxembourgish, and if an item was of Luxembourg origin, it was Luxembourgish.
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Level 79
Sep 12, 2022
This talk of Luxemburger makes me hungry.
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Level 65
Nov 16, 2022
I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition
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Level 65
Nov 16, 2022
Hint: They're all in Europe.
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Level 64
Nov 16, 2022
that luxembourg part was very hard

i cant solve in my life

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Level 37
Nov 16, 2022
I missed Spanish and I'm from Spain
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Level 58
Nov 16, 2022
Ive got all but the UK... I thought "United Kingdom..."ish sounded odd *facepalm*

Interestingly all of them are in Europe or in the case of Turkey close by.

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Level 64
Nov 16, 2022
I GOT EVERYTHING BUT MISSED SPANISH WHYYY
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Level 49
Nov 16, 2022
Being Finn-ISH, I thought as a child when I started to learn Engl-ISH that -ish is very common derivative in this, but no, it is quite rare.
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Level 66
Nov 16, 2022
Andddd I only forgot British - my own country. I tried Scottish!
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Level 56
Nov 16, 2022
How on earth did I miss Polish?
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Level 89
Nov 16, 2022
Next in the series - "Countries with demonyms that start with 'Mur" ;)
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Level 62
Nov 16, 2022
Don't forget my favourite country Outland, home of the Outlandish people
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Level 46
Nov 16, 2022
Darn you Finland!!!
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Level 68
Nov 16, 2022
I thought the demonym for Spain was Spaniards?
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Level 63
Nov 17, 2022
This is pedantic and might be wrong. But the formal name of the UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, right? My understanding is that Great Britain refers to the island comprising England, Wales, and Scotland, and so while British would correctly refer to those three peoples, people from Northern Ireland would be UK citizens but technically not British. Or has British just expanded to mean everyone from the UK?
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Level 77
May 10, 2024
The UK government (aka, the British government) uses "British" as their adjective. British citizens, British embassies, British law, British monarch, etc. So yes, people living in Northern Ireland as well as in British Overseas Territories such as Gibraltar, Bermuda, or the British Virgin Islands are considered British Nationals (and, for the most part, British citizens.)
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Level 43
Nov 19, 2022
Got everything except Luxembourgish, didn't think of that one. Don't think I've ever heard anyone refer to someone from Luxembourg that way, or from Luxembourg in general lol
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Level 59
Nov 20, 2022
I nearly missed UK...

I was like "well English won't work, so it's probably not that then..."

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Level 53
Nov 20, 2022
Interesting how all of these are European! (Türkiye is partially European, deal with it.)
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Level 65
Nov 20, 2022
My idea of dealing with it is retaking Thrace
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Level 36
Nov 13, 2023
You forgot Americish and Canadish and Massachusettsiish and Braziliailiniliish.
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Level 77
Jan 23, 2024
It could really apply to any country one is only partially associated with.. Like if you're not fully French you would be French-ish... (Just kidding, I know, I'll see myself out)
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Level 55
May 7, 2024
Latvians are sometimes known as "lettish" but I think that's very uncommon.
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Level 49
May 10, 2024
UK can't be used because Britain is only a constituent part of the UK. If Scottish and English doesn't count then British can't either.
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Level 63
May 10, 2024
It does, though, because "British" is the word used by the UK government (e.g. British Embassy, British citizen, etc).
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Level 63
May 10, 2024
For Turkey, you should also accept the spelling "Türkiye" as this is now the official spelling of the country's name.
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Level 22
May 16, 2024
I thought the English language did not have the letter "ü".
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Level 43
May 10, 2024
How did I get Luxembourgish but not Spanish???
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Level 16
May 10, 2024
Frankish anyone? lol.
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Level 55
May 10, 2024
I somehow only got Luxembourgish on my first try uh
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Level 52
May 10, 2024
What about Scottish?
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Level 53
May 12, 2024
Scotland is a constituent country of the United Kingdom, not a recognised sovereign state.
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Level 41
May 10, 2024
isnt luxembourgish the language and luxembourger the denonym?
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Level 74
May 10, 2024
As if I just forgot my own country!