Talk:-ist

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Pertaining to people[edit]

Currently it says "Added to words to form nouns denoting:" and gives 4 examples of 3 different kinds of people. I do not believe this is an extensive enough definition and that we should supplement it. The reason being, I think -ist can also be used to create an adjective.

For example, "Christian" can be a noun meaning a person who is an adherent to Christianity, it can also be used as an adjective denoting things pertaining to it, such as a "Christian holiday". In the same way, we use -ist in a term like Buddhist to not only indicate a follower of Buddha as a noun, but as an adjective such as the alliterating "Buddhist beliefs" example

I am uncertain how to introduce this, but I feel it is important to relate other uses of this suffix to indicate creating an adjective from a noun in addition to creating a person noun from a subject noun. Dictabeard 00:52, 10 December 2010 (UTC)