Emmet is a pejorative nickname that some Cornish people use to refer to the many tourists who visit Cornwall. Many of the local Cornish Folk still often give this name to residents whom have moved to the county but have not lived there for more than 25 years.
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It is commonly thought to be derived from the Cornish-language word for ant, being an analogy to the way in which both tourists and ants are often red in colour and appear to mill around. However the use of 'emmet' to mean ants is actually from the Cornish dialect of English and is derived from the Old English word æmete from which the modern English word ant, is also derived (compare Modern German Ameise [ant]). The Cornish word for ant is actually moryonenn (pl. moryon) 
Porthemmet Beach hoax
In August 2007, Truro-born Jonty Haywood began promoting the fictional Porthemmet (Port of Emmet) beach in North Cornwall with fake road signs and a hoax website, confusing tourists and amusing locals. In July 2008 Haywood placed a further set of signs.
- Grockle is a similar West Country dialect word used in Devon but emmet is distinctly Cornish.
- Cornish self-government movement
- Constitutional status of Cornwall
- Politics of Cornwall
- Mebyon Kernow
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- "Britain's "only topless beach" doesn't exist". The Inquirer. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- Milmo, Cahal (2007-09-27). "Wish you were here? Website lures tourists to imaginary beach". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
- de Bruxelles, Simon (2007-09-27). "Beach hoax sends tourists on a road to nowhere". London: The Times. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
- "Tourist trap: A sign of the times...". Cornish Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
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