I was thinking about some of the quirky things that make New West a unique community, what we call ourselves, and how we define that name.
- New Westminsterite is probably the most “formal” of the ones I could think of that are in use, though it makes it pretty clear what you’re saying and who you’re talking about.
- New Westie A “New Westie” or just simply “a Westie” is a term reserved out of respect for members of the Royal Westminster Regiment, a regiment with a very long history in our city. An association exists today to promote and support the regiment.
- New Wester is the term I prefer. It’s shortened, which I like, but doesn’t veer into territory for rights I haven’t earned.
No matter what you call it, how do you define a New Wester? Is it someone who was born here? Someone who lives here? Someone who has lived here for a certain time? Personally, I define a New Wester as “anyone who defines themselves as a New Wester”.
In my opinion, there’s no mandatory amount of time a person needs to have been a part of this community before they’re considered “one of us”. Because we’ve all experienced NewWestProblems (or #NewWestminsterProblems) – quirky New Westminsterisms that you probably won’t get if you don’t live here. Like:
The spot on an address form where you put your city is never large enough. #newwestminsterproblems
— Accounts Receivable (@marcykoop) June 21, 2013
telling people there’s no extra “i” #newwestminsterproblems
— JJ Lee (@jj_lee) June 21, 2013