[Taxacom] ubiquist??

Michael Schmitt michael.schmitt at uni-greifswald.de
Tue Oct 2 11:33:26 CDT 2012

Dear colleagues,

just to let you know this: Oxford English Dictionary has "ubiquist" as a
(rare) noun. And in addition, quite a number of related terms. Here is a

ubiquious, adj.1782
ubiquism, n.1891
ubiquist, n.1721
ubiquit, v.1676
ubiquitair, adj.1645
ubiquitant, n.1654
ubiquitarian, n. and...1640
ubiquitariness, n.1655
ubiquitary, n. and adj.1585

Best regards

Prof.Dr. Michael Schmitt
Allgemeine & Systematische Zoologie
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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] Im Auftrag von Laurent Raty
Gesendet: Dienstag, 2. Oktober 2012 18:19
An: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Betreff: Re: [Taxacom] ubiquist??

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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