14 luglio 2010

-ism


Published on Economist's Johnson

We tend to think of words ending in "-ism" as referring to ideologies or schools of thought.

A Wikipedia search for "-ism" directs you to a glossary of philosophy. But of course, lots of other kinds of things end in -ism: voyeurism, isomorphism, witticism, atavism, onanism and more besides.
The Economist's "Book of isms", by John Andrews, contains concise definitions of these and more—over 400 in total, from the familiar (Communism, racism, sadism) to the obscure (Lollardism, Zeism, geophagism).