Dana Goldstein:

Have you noticed that throughout the course of this campaign, the proper noun "Clintonite," used since the 1990s to refer to Bill's supporters, became the simultaneously girly and threatening "Clintonista?" Just sayin'.



That seems paranoid to me. The Sandinistas and Zapatistas aren't girly, they're Spanish-speakers. The switch from "ite" to "ista," if it's even real, surely just reflects the growing influence of the Spanish language on American English, as in the growing popularity of "¡si se puede!" as rally chant.

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