Demonyms: Why People from North Carolina Are Called Tar Heels. ‘Healthy’ Versus ‘Healthful.’ Sussies 3!

Are people from Liverpool really called “Liverpudlians”? Where does the name “Tar Heel” come from? We have the answers to some of the most interesting questions about demonyms: the names for people from specific places. Also, has anyone ever criticized you for using the word “healthy” instead of “healthful”? We explain why that happens. And finally, we’ve solved the mystery of “sussies.”


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| Garner, B. “Denizen Labels.” Garner’s Modern English Usage, fourth edition. Oxford University Press. 2016. p.259-62.

| Government Printing Office Style Manual, Ch. 17, Useful Tables:

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