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Old 02-12-2013, 09:55 AM
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Sewist! Notice how that word is taking over for sewer? Good news! Have to stop and think each time whether we're talking about a sew-er or a sue-er. Sewist is more clear and ... I don't want to be compared to the sewage system any day!

Wonder why it took this long? Ah, the magic of the English language.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:58 AM
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I refuse to say that word outloud, as I prefer sewer, but online I tend to use it, because I always read sewer as the sanitary waste system.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:07 AM
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Next thing we'll be called "quiltist" and "embroiderist" and "craftist" ???
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:22 AM
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Next thing we'll be called "quiltist" and "embroiderist" and "craftist" ???
That's silly. None of those words have the heteronym issue that sewer has. And there isn't another word that works well to describe people who sew- I'm not just a quilter, I'm not a seamstress, I'm not a tailor, I'm a sewer, but I prefer not to be read as a disgusting tunnel of human waste.

There are plenty of descriptive words for people who do activities that end in -ist.
Flautist, biologist, anarchist, balloonist, chemist, portraitist, and many many more!

The language evolves.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:47 AM
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Sounds like we have an English Class going on here! LOL I ain't goin to get involved.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:24 AM
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It's going to be a long time before using the term 'sewist' to describe what you do is not considered elitist. The term 'sewer' only gets confused when written, and never when used in context even then, so there's no actual misunderstanding of the meaning between people. Refer to yourself however you like; it's just a word, not who you really are.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:33 AM
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seamstress is one i use. i won't learn new "words". my brain is full now.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:53 AM
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Oh my! Never thought that would be a can of worms! When I first read "sewist" I also thought of it as elitist, but in the written word, I now see it as just more clear. I'd never say it out loud - it would feel silly to me.

Sorry to all - I just read a post that used it and thought it was interesting how often I see it now.
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Ha Ha Ha! Look at my name - LOL! I never even thought of this before - now I bet I'll think of it every time I read my name.
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So...(sew) LOL...where, pray tell, did the term "sewer mouth" come from? A quilter having a bad day?
bwaaahahahahahahah!!!
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