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UKian

adjective Affixation
Typical or characteristic of a person or an idea from the United Kingdom. The adjective 'UKian' was formed by affixing the adjective forming suffix '-ian', which specifically means 'from (root)', to the acronym for the United Kingdom to yield the meaning '(a person or thing) from the UK'. This formation process is very similar to and is probably modeled after that process which yields 'Egyptian' for a person or thing from Egypt. It is associated with no one particular group and was probably coined by someone who wanted to emphasize a reference to everyone in the UK specifically, instead of just using British and referring to only those in Great Britain.
 
" 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy Christmas' are equally UKian, at least to my mind."
Etymology : Affixation - Root acronym of proper name 'UK' and adj. forming suffix '-ian'
Source : Comments for web article "Mozzareller sticks" from Language Log - Nov. 19, 2010
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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