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Requested move

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was no consensus. JPG-GR (talk) 03:03, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Gibraltar is used as both a noun and an adjective, for instance:

  • The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority http://www.gra.gi
  • The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission http://www.fsc.gi

The Gibraltar telephone directory (2007) has three pages of double columns of entities starting at The Gibraltar Amateur Drama Association and ending with The Gibraltar Yacht registry there are NO entries for anything prefixed with Gibraltarian whatsoever.

The term Gibraltarian has a specific meaning relating to the people and not the institutions of Gibraltar.

General elections are described locally and in published media as such

see: Article about elections in a local daily newspaper

Where the phrase used is 'Gibraltar general election'.

User:Number 57 has changed these on the basis that: Gibraltarian is a legitimate adjective to refer to things related to Gibraltar, not just the people - see [1].

This is an online dictionary compiled by its users, and it cites 'The Gibraltarian Customs' as an example - there is no such entity. His error has been pointed out to him on his discussion page by three Gibraltarian editors who all concur.

The use of the word Gibraltarian is missleading as it would imply that participation in the elections was restricted to Gibraltarians, that is not the case and any registered British Citizen can vote.

Because the other entry exists, I cannot simply move the page and request that someone who can does so promptly.

--Gibmetal 77talk 15:47, 7 April 2008 (UTC)


  • Oppose Despite claims to the contrary, Gibraltarian is widely used as a demonym to describe things related to Gibraltar, and is defined as such by several dictionaries (e.g. Babylon). A quick google search of the term clearly shows that its use it not limited to the people [2] - five of the first ten hits refer to things other than the population. пﮟოьεԻ 57 20:54, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svgSupport Just because the term Gibraltarian is used elsewhere as an adjective does not mean it is used correctly and is merely a common misconception. --Gibmetal 77talk 20:10, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Not sure you're allowed to !vote on your own suggestions. пﮟოьεԻ 57 14:34, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svgSupport The usage is clear and the changes made unilaterally by Number 57 are an abomination --Gibnews (talk) 14:11, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
    • They weren't unilateral changes - they have also been made by other users [3]. пﮟოьεԻ 57 14:34, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
      • Yep, and I still stand by that. Thus:
  • Oppose the move for obvious linguistic reasons. —Nightstallion 23:33, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
    • I'm sorry, but what may seem obvious to you is simply not the correct term to use. Proof has already been provided, but here is some more. From the drop down list you will find various government organisations which use the correct term. Gibraltar Health Authority, Gibraltar Audit Office and Gibraltar Tourist Board are some of them, to name but a few.
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.
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