posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 01:49 PM
The words ism-ist and ism-ism are both nouns, and I believe hyphenation is the correct way to write them. Capitalisation doesn't help the issue as
both parts of the words are only three letters and both are derived from the same suffix. Also the fact that they are both suffixes means that the
only real way they can form any sort of real word is as a hyphenated compound word.
My 2c, linguistically speaking.
Regarding memes, we're not saying it's impossible to force a meme - only that it has not happened throughout the human history of memes. I just
recently watched piontles on IGN (which I really enjoyed) try to become a meme and fail. Trust me, it just doesn't work like that. Part of the reason
is that memes rely on people to use and spread them widely. If the creator of a meme is calling it a meme before it actually is one then people will
become negatively predisposed towards it and are less likely to use it - meaning it is less likely to spread.
Personally the whole un/in thing kinda bugs me. Words are words for a reason. They convey meaning to me in a split second as I run my eyes across the
sentence. If I have to stop and think about what I'm reading then it defeats the purpose (effective communication). I tend to find it annoying,
rather than think 'oh, I see what (s)he did there'
But hey, have fun!