[Ads-l] "neatist", noun and attributive; not in OED3

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 26 20:36:39 UTC 2014

I think it works better as a noun, as in

Don't be such a faddist.
??Don't be so faddist.

Alas poor "neatnik", we hardly knew ye.


On Dec 26, 2014, at 3:08 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> "Neatist":  Someone who is obsessive about being neat, or intolerant of messy persons.
> Jeremy:  "Don't be so neatist."
> Mother:  "What?"
> Jeremy:  "Neatist: biased against disorder, It's intolerance, Mom, and I can't support it."
> 2014 Dec. 26.  "Zits", by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman.  [Courtesy Boston Globe.]
> Not in Urban Dictionary!  Nor in Google News.
> Hits in Google Web, but it's hard to separate out the misspellings (deliberate or ignorant) -- and I refuse to try.   About 42 hits for "neatist" in Google Books (none for "neatists"), all seeming to be OCR errors or misspellings.
> Joel
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