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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Last updated: April 29, 2020
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Country
Denmark (Danish)
Finland (Finnish)
Ireland (Irish)
Country
Luxembourg (Luxembourgish)
Poland (Polish)
Spain (Spanish)
Country
Sweden (Swedish)
Turkey (Turkish)
United Kingdom (British)
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Level 71
Apr 6, 2016
Cool :)
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Level 61
Nov 24, 2017
Good Quiz!
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Level 74
Apr 29, 2020
typing irish doesnt work
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2020
Fixed
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Level 76
Apr 29, 2020
Nice quiz! Small correction needed on the Turkey (Turkey) answer - should say Turkey (Turkish).
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2020
Done
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Level 78
Apr 29, 2020
Interesting geographical repartition.
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Level 67
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 73
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 34
Jun 12, 2020
also thailand and (formerly) swaziland. which are thai and swazi respectively
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Level 62
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 54
Apr 30, 2020
Darn, I dismissed Luxembourg because I thought they were Luxembourgers.
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Level 80
Apr 30, 2020
Luxembourgers are Luxembourgish, maybe? Though auto-correct wants to correct the latter to "Luxembourgian."
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Level 52
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 62
Apr 30, 2020
Are those like Hamburgers?
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Level 67
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 67
Apr 30, 2020
I think azinyk is correct. Something can be Luxembourgish but someone is a Luxembourger.
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Level 76
Apr 30, 2020
That's like saying something can be Spanish but someone is a Spaniard. Spaniards (noun) are Spanish (adjective). As kalbahamut said, Luxembourgers are Luxembourgish.
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Level 73
May 1, 2020
then the instructions for the quiz should be changed since it asks what a person from a country is called. This applies for most answers. A Brit is british, a Dane is danish, a Pole is polish, etc.
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Level 54
Jun 12, 2020
No, it still applies to people, just as an adjective. A Spanish person, a British person, a Danish person, a Luxembourgish person. Or, a Spaniard, a Brit, a Dane, a Luxembourger.
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Level 79
Apr 30, 2020
I can't get "Luxembourgeouis" out of my head. I think that's a hangover from French lessons.
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Level 59
May 29, 2020
I love the term hangover from French lessons
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Level 74
Jun 12, 2020
You must indeed have been drunk during your French lessons, since it's "Luxembourgeois", not "Luxembourgeouis".
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Level 67
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 62
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 71
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 46
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 62
May 19, 2020
How have people not heard of Wales?!
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Level 73
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 62
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 58
Apr 30, 2020
Imagine being British and not getting it :(
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Level 71
Apr 30, 2020
Happens all the time.
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Level 32
Apr 30, 2020
i forgot swedish. i am swedish.
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Level 83
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 71
May 10, 2020
The correct spelling is Lhuxhembhorghish
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Level 38
May 20, 2020
Exactly, just like Danish should really be Dhahnhihsh
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Level 38
May 20, 2020
Could you accept English for British? I hear a lot of people call them that
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Level 58
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 56
Jun 12, 2020
Please accept English for British
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Level 60
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 74
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 62
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 59
Jul 1, 2020
Yeah, and Cornish and Kentish. Get over yourselves.
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Level 50
Jun 12, 2020
Is it just me, or these all European countrires?
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Level 50
Jun 12, 2020
Turkey isn't. For the most part.
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Level 47
Jun 12, 2020
Turkey is not
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Level 50
Jun 12, 2020
Didn't get British because I thought the demonyms would be alphabetical too. Hard luck.
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Level 54
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 26
Jun 12, 2020
Can't believe I got Luxembourgish but not Turkish
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Level 54
Jun 12, 2020
Same!
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Level 62
Jun 12, 2020
Thinking in German is a real hindrance in this quiz.
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Level 71
Jun 12, 2020
I’m an ish, you’re an ish, everyone’s an ish in German!
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Level 48
Jun 12, 2020
Lol I got Luxembourgish but not British
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Level 58
Jun 12, 2020
Great quiz! Really easy though XD
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Level 70
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 52
Jun 12, 2020
People from the Flanders region of Belgium are considered Flemish.
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Level 51
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 50
Jun 13, 2020
This was surprisingly easy. Thank God people from Palau aren’t Palauish
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Level 57
Jun 14, 2020
Would have gotten more but I was only sober-ish.
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2020
Weird...Luxembourg was the one that immediately popped into my head before any others and it's by FAR the lowest.