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    Post How are called the inhabitants of Walloon towns and villages ?



    To honour the grand Francophone tradition of making simple things complicated, the Walloons, like their French counterparts, have managed to invent outlandish names for the inhabitants of some of their villages and towns.

    One could indeed wonder why on earth the people living in the village of Petit-Thier are called the Coticuliens. The explanation is typically found in the root of the name, or in a Latinised version of it.

    For instance, the dwellers of Vaux-sous-Chevremont (literally "Valley under Goat Mount") are known as the Valcaprimontais, where Vaux ("valley") becomes Val and Chèvre ("goat") mutates into Capri.

    Some are linked to the local folklore. The people of Onhaye are called the Walherois, due to the local cult of Saint Walhère.

    These are not informal nicknames, but real appellations used by journalists, politicians and ordinary folks alike. They are so unnatural that questions such as "How do we call the inhabitants of x ?" often pop up in radio and TV quizzes.

    Here is a selection of the oddest gentilés :

    Aywaille => Aqualiens
    Bastogne => Bastognards
    Beaufays => Belfagétains
    Bouffioulx => Bouffaloniens
    Cambron-Casteau => Castelcambroniens
    Charleroi => Caroloringiens (or Carolos for short)
    Chaufontaine => Calidifontains
    Chimay => Chimaciens
    Ciney => Cinaciens
    Court-Saint-Étienne => Stéphanois
    Baisieux => Basicomiens
    Forchies-la-Marche => Filamarchois
    Heure-le-Romain => Romanhoriens
    Huy => Hutois
    Mazy => Mazyciens (sounds almost like "magiciens")
    Mettet => Djobins
    Mons => Montois
    Montigny-le-Tilleul => Montagnards
    Pont-de-Loup => Lupipontais
    Queue-du-Bois => Caudisylvestriens
    Scy => Scyoux (prounounced just like Sioux in French !)
    Soignies => Sonégiens
    Thiméon => Thumionys
    Thuin => Thudiniens
    Thy-le-Chateau => Thyriocastelloritains
    Waterloo => Waterlootis
    Woluwe-Saint-Pierre => Wolusanpétrusiens

    Fortunately, most names are fairly regular and it is just a matter of knowing whether they end in -ins, -iens, -ois or -ais.
    Last edited by Maciamo; 28-10-07 at 18:49.

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