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Paulista

derivation; noun
A supporter of Ron Paul.
 
'Paulista' is a synonym for 'Paulite' (also entered in the database). However, from Wiktionary, the suffix '-ista' is 'added to words to form nouns denoting one who follows a principle; an adept.' This could form a subtle distinction between 'Paulite' and 'Paulista.' A 'Paulista' may mean closer to a supporter of the principles Ron Paul stands on than simply a Ron Paul supporter. One could then, in theory, be a 'Paulista' but not a 'Paulite.' Whether this subtle distinction is correct or noticeable in usage is unknown.
Etymology : The name 'Paul' plus the Latin suffix '-ista.'
Source : 'We Paulistas have to take action and spread the word.' (Facbook 11/07).
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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