[Taxacom] ubiquist??

Laurent Raty l.raty at skynet.be
Tue Oct 2 11:19:25 CDT 2012

On 10/02/2012 07:24 AM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> FYI, an off-list reply (from a French Canadian) stated this: Three of
> the authors of this paper, including the first one, are French, and
> the French word for ubiquitous and ubiquity is ubiquiste. The use of
> ubiquist in English is thus a gallicism.

Actually, it does exist...

Merriam-Webster's "Unabridged dictionary" has it:

Barrows (2000), "Animal behavior desk reference - A dictionary of animal 
behavior, ecology, and evolution":

Hanson ("MCMLXII" [= 1962]), "Dictionary of ecology":

...So, it may not be ubiquitous ;), but it seems to be used, at least by 
North American ecologists. And it has been in some specialised 
dictionaries for 50 years, hence it isn't exactly a new thing either...

The use of it as an adjective is very likely a gallicism, though. (It's 
an adjective in French.)

Cheers, Laurent -

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