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English citations of US-ian


  • 1999, Theodore Russell Weiss, Renée Karol Weiss, Quarterly review of literature, volume 37–38, page 65:
    Let my dreams wander roads and runways and let my waking name myself human, not Jew, Muslim, Christian, Albanian, not Canandian nor U.S.-ian, not brown, pink, saffron.
  • 2008, Rafiqul Islam, Nature Science and Sustainable Technology Research Progress, page 116:
    It has also become wedded to a peculiarly US-ian conception of the individual alone in the world
  • 2005, Mark D. Whitaker, Toward a Bioregional State, page 19:
    In Canada, it seems we are much more experienced with strategic voting than USians. [] Please, USians, don't imitate us on this one.
  • 2008, Justin Thyme, HOT! – Make Your Own Sauce!, page 10:
    The form chilli is [] the preferred form among historically minded USians and in Australia.


The equivalence of "US-ian" and the even rarer spelling "Uessian" is maintained by the American Dialect Society:

  • 1947, American speech, page 245:
    a year later Benjamin F. Stovall, of Atlanta, Ga., proposed Uessian or US-ian (pronounced you-ess-ian)

The date given, 1937, is at odds with other sources suggesting the 19th century, and contradicted by an earlier mention of "Uessian" in the League of Nations Chronicle, March 30, 1930 (quoted in Allen Walker Read, America: naming the country and its people, 2008:59) as well as by the American Library Association:

  • 1948, Richard Sealock & Pauline Seely, Bibliography of place name literature: United States, Canada, Alaska, and Newfoundland, page 39:
    Literary digest 124:2 Nov. 13, 1937 Suggests 'Uessian' (US-ian) instead of 'American' ...


The derived term is attested in the title of the book:

U.S.iana (1650-1950) : a selective bibliography in which are described 11,620 uncommon and significant books relating to the continental portion of the United States

(Wright Howes, 2nd ed., Newberry Library, 1962)[1]