Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Linguisists

The setup for this piece on political rebranding has John Oliver clarifying something that many Americans need to get straight.

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I guess it had to be said, and said in the media. H.T. by way of j. to R.C.


The Ridger, FCD said...

Linguicists, surely?

Mr. Verb said...

Oh, that looks even worse to my eye, but then I'm bad speller!

Ben Z. said...

Well, hey, why not, on the model of other -ist/-icist distinctions?

Islamist: someone who engages in Islamism (political Islam)
Islamicist: someone who studies Islam

pragmatist: someone who engages in pragmatism
pragmaticist: someone who studies pragmatics

classist: someone who engages in classism (class-based discrimination)
classicist: someone who studies the classics

This way we can leave linguist to the polyglots and interpreters (engagers in linguism?).

Ben Z. said...

On second thought, then it would have to be linguisticist. And Tensor's already covered that ground.