So, how did the good folks of Glasgow come to be called "Glaswegian"? In English, wouldn't the more likely derivative of "Glasgow" be "Glasgovian"? Or even the clumsy "Glasgowite"? Probably, but the point is, the word goes back such a long way that its origin is not English. It is Medieval Latin, a legacy of the Roman presence in Britain. People of the nearby region of Galloway were called, by the Romans, Galwegians, and when Glasgow was founded, in the late 6th century, the suffix hung on -- even if the Romans hadn't. (The Norse came to be Norwegian in much the same way.) We're glad we asked.

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