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|Subject:||Demonyms and Adjectives|
|Question:||The demonym of Britain is British or Briton. The demonym of England is English or Englander. What would be the demonym of Albion, an old name of Britain? Would it be Albionian, Albionese, Albionish, etc.? How can we determine which is the right one, when it's rarely used? A lot of U.S. states use its name as an adjective (ex. ''California government'' instead of ''Californian government''), even when an adjective could be easily formed. Why is this usage commonplace?|