Nicknames

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Few survive in current usage, other than Crapaud for Jerseyman and Donkey for Guernseyman, but the history of the Channel Islands is littered with nicknames, many unflattering, for inhabitants of various parts of the islands.

Youngsters from the town of St Helier were nicknamed "town pats" by country folk. But the general name given by country people in Jersey and Guernsey for their townsfolk was highly unflattering. Les clyichards in Jèrrais and les cllichards in Guernsey means "those suffering from diarrhoea". Perhaps a less insulting translation could be "the pale and weak ones" or "pale faces" but the country dwellers were clearly contemptuous of the townies.

The traditional nickname for St Pierrais (inhabitants of St Peter) is ventres à baînis (limpet bellies)and that for St Breladais (inhabitants of St Brelade) is carpéleuses (caterpillars). The cottage industry formerly practised by Grouvillais of burning vraic gave rise to the traditional nickname of les enfuntchis (the smoky ones, or the dim ones, in Jèrriais) shared by the Grouvillais and their neighbours in St Clement. St Ouennais were called gris ventres (grey bellies), possibly because the wool for their Jerseys was not died blue as in the other 12 parishes but left its natural colour. The inhabitants of St Ouen, St John and St Martin were collectively known as Jeannots.

Students at Victoria College, along with those from Elizabeth College in Guernsey, were known as "College Congers", and scholars at De La Salle College (The Beeches) were called "Beech Nuts".

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