The Word "Scientist" or its Substitute


WRITING as a student of the history of words, “scientist” can never become a permanent part of any language, for its quantity is “impossible.” It has a destructive effect in a sentence, and when spoken the last syllables must be gobbled. “Naturalist” may be gobbled fairly easily; few people notice it; but “scientist” is difficult. So perhaps it scarcely matters whether the word receives or not the approval of the dictionaries; words which we instinctively feel are repulsive drop out of use.

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FESSENDEN, R. The Word "Scientist" or its Substitute. Nature 115, 50 (1925).

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