Thursday, February 4, 2010

Stupid Question - Easy Answer

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.

16 comments:

A Joyful Chaos said...

I know this is toatally lame but I can't quite help it. How neat that a dentist believes in and pratices dents.

Snappy Di said...

We are supposed to have a doozy of a winter storm starting tonite. The roads will be a mess tomorrow with snow, ice, sleet... whatever Mother Nature feels we deserve I suppose.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

AliceKay said...

LOL @ A Joyful Chaos.

Cute post, Deanna. :)

That corgi :) said...

I just don't think I would want to be a proctologist...... :)

cute post; usually when I'm driving to the dentist, these types of thoughts are not going through my head (its usually, "is it too late to call and cancel??)

betty

Toriz said...

LOL @ A joyful chaos!

The part that worries me, is that "ist" usually means "practitioner of" right? Well... Why are they practicing on us? Can't I have someone who's actually got the hang of it and no longer needs to practice all the time?

That bothers me with doctors too. They "practice" medicine... Only practice??? *Gulp*

Deanna said...

You guys are cracking me up!

LOL Joyful, now you have me wonderiing where the "dent" part DID come from!

Di - It is snowing like crazy here! Am trying to wait it out before I have to drive in it. Will give it until Noon. Where oh where is Spring!

AK, I hope the weather is beinig nice to you for a change, but I wouldn't bet on it.

LOL Corgi. I took the wrong exit while going to the dentist. Maybe that was my way of putting off the inevitable. I wouldn't want to be a proctologist either...

LMAO Tori - I guess that makes them practologists. Oh dear, what a thought that they are practicing on US! Food for thought, isn't it...

Lynn said...

I never thought of the ist part lol, thanks for the lesson and you keep warm, if I could take your snow I would :o) HUGS

Intense Guy said...

Ahh.. a great post from a wonderful blogist and humorist!

LOL @ A Joyful Chaos! - way too much thinking going on here...

Hmm... it just occurred to me that I'm a fartist and not a farter. Sounds classier that way, doesn't it?

Rita said...

I was at the dentist yesterday, too--but was wondering why there's a sign in the waiting room that says "No Weapons Allowed"...up here in Fargo of all places???

I wonder if that means I am a craftist or we are bloggists--ROFL! :)

junyah said...

I didnt go to school long enought to Spell Dentist let alone wounder about the ist..lol . but im thinking if one was to look up dent-IST, they Mite find something like this ..
Main Entry: den·tist
Pronunciation: \ˈden-təst\
Function: noun
Etymology: French dentiste, from dent
Date: 1752

: one who is skilled in and licensed to practice the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

I was thinking that usally the word involved in the name is something abbreviated to mean what it is they do..,close huh... lol anyway i tryed .Love hugs and smooochies.. and one more abbvi,,c/m Jr

Yaya said...

Thank you for the lesson!

Deanna said...

Lynn, I'd share this crap with you in a heart beat! You're welcome on the lesson.

LOL Iggy, I can't wait to tell Jim that he is a fartist too. We can all do with a bit of class in our lives, huh.

It must have been Dentist day, huh Rita. That is funny about the fire arms sign. But, think about it... have you ever wanted to shoot your dentist? I have! Usually when they present the bill.
From one crafter to another, I kinda like craftist! Like Iggy says, it is classier sounding. Blogist almost sounds like we are doing something bad! lol

Ahhh JR you have taught us all new ways to spell! lmao on your definition. Huge hugs!

Deanna said...

You are welcome Yaya!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Hmmm, then that must mean I'm a Deannaist, lol!!!

Hugs and stay warm!

LadyStyx said...

*laffin* and my mind went right where the chaotic one's did...

ChicagoLady said...

I believe in and practice drinking wine, so does that make me a winist? Or just a wino? LOL