Yeah. It feels off to me, too. I think it’d be like calling the United States “Americans”. The thing that surprises me most in the posts so far is that, according to gdave and Oredigger, it’s not just Americans but also Saudis and Arabs who call it “Saudi”. I’d love to hear that mostly because it would seem so weird. I guess since the Saudis and Arabs in question were speaking to Americans (sorry, I’m assuming here) they just used the same English language term that they heard.
I wonder what Saudis and Arabs in general called it 50 or 60 years ago when speaking English. And I’m curious what Brits, Canooks, Kiwis and Aussies call it now and what they called it before say–1970 or 1980.
I thank you guys who are more familiar with that part of the world than I am for giving me the 411. I’m still gonna think it odd though. How long has it been called that? I have heard Americans use that term many times but never before 1980 or so (then the term was “Saudi Arabians” which is still what I hear politicians, diplomats, and journalists call it even today*). I defer to you guys but it’d interesting to have examples of what Americans and other English speakers have called it over the years.
*I also wonder: why are there–in my experience–large groups of “official” Americans that use the term “Saudi Arabia” or “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and then others like those in this thread that call it Saudi?