Ittaob at AOL.COM Ittaob at AOL.COM
Fri Mar 30 21:46:59 UTC 2001

Arnold Zwicky writes: arnold (zwicky at, now wondering how starbucks
 settled on "barista" as their presumably gender-neutral job title.

Barista is gender-neutral in Italian. The Italian suffix equivalent to "-ist", i,e., "-ista", though ending in "a", does not create feminine nouns. See, e.g., Comunista, fascista, etc.

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