“I’am Barcelonian” feels all wrong, but which demonym do we deserve?

Barcelona Council features over at Harvey’s Barna cream.

“Barcelonian” has a long and respectable tradition, though, like Peter, I wouldn’t use it. I think in my case this is because I associate it with troglodytes who think “vibrant” is still a vote-winner, and with Wikipedians, who may well work for the Ajuntament.

But what implicit contemporary demonyc rule does it break? Why is “Valencian” music but “Malagian” noise to our loopy little ears?

And what should it be? Barcelonan is much rarer and also old and lame.

My Martian euro-cent: we find Iberian coins registered in Barkino, and then there’s the Libyan gangster Indycar Barca, and you have to admit that “We are Barking” is just sooo appropriate at the moment.

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  1. Because it's not Barcelonia. There's the same problem with the Argentine Republic or Argentina. In that case there has to be an adjective so we have Argentine, or Argentinean morphing into Argentinian.

    The German apparently is barceloneraner.

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