This has been discussed a few times, and while often the word ‘yokel‘ will be thrown in to the pot – I don’t think it’s at all accurate. ‘Yokel’ is a generic term used for people from any rural area in England – and often in a derogatory way.
‘Somersetonians’ has been used a few times – and is also used to describe students past and present at Somerset College in Australia (it’s also the names of their college newsletter).
The trouble with ‘Somersetonian’ is that it’s a bit long and complicated, and perhaps takes itself a bit too seriously. And those are words I wouldn’t at all associate with the great land of cheese and cider. So I propose a few others…
Somters – (pron: SUMterz) Quite simple really – Som’t is the shortened form of Somerset in addresses, so let’s just add one of Somerset’s favourite morphemes ‘er’ to that. Bobz yer Uncew, innit!
Mersets – (pron: MER-sets) – Remove the first syllable, add an ‘s’ to make it more nouny. Plus, it’s a brand new word! It’s not even allowed in Scrabble!
The Red Dragons – See flag above. Perhaps a little contrived though?
Setters – Alright, sounds a bit, well, doggy. Still, it’s a thought!
What do you think? Which of these would you prefer, or do you have a suggestion of your own…?