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    Post Islanders and.. what?

    Hello. All right, there is an expression for habitants of an island, that is, islanders. But what I need is a word, which embraces people who live on islands AND lands, or on a continent, to put it in short. So there is the expression 'islanders', but I need a word that includes people who live on islands and lands. In a poem of mine, I mention tsunami, and that sailors or islanders never greet this wave with glee, because it is dangerous and all. But tsunami doesn't necessarily need to end up on an island, because he can arrive at, how do you call it, land? Talking about people who do no dwell on darn islands.. So, is there a better word than 'islanders', something like 'landers', which doesn't mean anything, but you get the idea of what I want. What I need is a stone that can nail two birds, that is, islanders and people who don't live on islands. Can you give me a hand here? Any ideas? Can I just say islanders in my poem and leave it like that?

    Btw, when tsunami floods part of the land or island, how long does it stay there flooding it? About 30 minutes? Can he stay for a longer period of time flooding like that on an island, talking about days? Sorry for this 2nd question, as it has nothing to do with speaking English and all, but darn it I need that info too! Perhaps someone here can answer these two questions of mine, which I sure would appreciate, because I cannot sleep nights! Hopefully you won't provide a half hardy answer, because I don't want to make a fool of myself on this forum for poetry..

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    Re: Islanders and.. what?

    mainlander, n...a person who lives on a mainland (the mainland is the principal landmass of a continent)

    continental, n...an inhabitant of a continent (as opposed to someone who lives on an island somewhere in the middle of an ocean)
    This term is not often used, and I think is mainly used for people who live in the main part of Europe, as opposed to those in the the British Isles.

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    #3

    Re: Islanders and.. what?

    I've decided to go with 'people' and leave it at that. After all, it is probably the best choice, so islanders and mainlanders - perhaps some other time. Thanks in any case. Btw, if you know something about the 2nd question, I could still use such information.

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    Re: Islanders and.. what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Idiomaticus View Post
    I've decided to go with 'people' and leave it at that. After all, it is probably the best choice, so islanders and mainlanders - perhaps some other time. "people" is a good choice. Thanks in any case. Btw, if you know something about the 2nd question, I could still use such information. Sorry, I don't. Google "tsunami" and I am sure you will find a lot of information.
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    #5

    Re: Islanders and.. what?

    Fine. No problem.


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    #6

    Re: Islanders and.. what?

    Would "coast dwellers" serve your purpose? A "coaster" unfortunately is something you put a drink on (to protect the furniture) so that won't work.

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    #7

    Re: Islanders and.. what?

    Not bad.

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