As I was driving into town to go to the Dentist the other day, I got to thinking...
I know - that is very dangerous
I got to thinking I wonder why all of the different types of Doctor names end in ist
Think about it: Podiatrist, Oncologist, Dentist, Gynecologist, Urologist
You get the picture. The list is endless!
Then I got to thinking even more (which is even more dangerous). I got to thinking about all of the other words that end in ist. Words like chemist, machinist, receptionist, and on and on.
That is when the light bulb came on (it does that occasionally) and my High School (or was it Grade School) English came back to me. IST is a suffix added to the end of a noun that indicates that individual believes in or practices the noun (or something like that).
And there you have it. My answer to my own stupid question!
It is cold and spitting snow here. Stay warm and safe wherever you are.