Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe

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In our globally interconnected age, misnaming where someone is from or the cultural group to which they belong often constitutes more than a harmless social gaffe. Labels for Locals provides guidance on the preferred, and sometimes disdained, names for selected locales, cities, regions, countries, and ethnic groups worldwide.

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What do you call a man from Edinburgh? It's not a joke to Paul Dickson. He compiled more than 1,000 names for residents of cities, states, and countries around the world. It's addictive perusal material, but it's also a practical and necessary reference for writers and travelers who wish to avoid marring their texts or insulting their hosts at first salutation. Think of President Kennedy's speech wherein he called himself a jelly doughnut ( ein Berliner), or how folks from Indiana fume at any moniker besides Hoosier. In an era of raised hackles, it's nice to have a resource to save you from embarrassing linguistic slips.

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Paul Dickson has written eight bat and ball books (one on softball, seven on baseball) and is working on the third edition of his Dickson Baseball Dictionary, as well as a new work, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball. He also writes narrative 20th century American history and compiles word books. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland, with his wife, Nancy.

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