On -ite, -ian and -ist!

Recently, I linked to a piece by John Hawks where he argued that it is OK to be a Darwinist; what Hawks did not discuss are the differences between a Darwinist, a Darwinite and a Darwinian. In his latest piece, Ram Guha deals with the issue and concludes:

And so I (provisionally) conclude that, in order of loyalty or devotion to a person or doctrine, “-ist” comes before “-ite”, and “-ite” itself before “-ian”.

A nice piece — after a long time — from Guha.


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