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Re: Bug#124874: lg-issue59: Spelling error in description

On Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 08:17:01PM -0500, Aaron M. Ucko wrote:

> Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:
> > If the adjectival meaning is intended, then "minimal" is probably the
> > correct word.  I can't find "minimalistic" in any dictionary or wordlist
> > available to me.
> I'd say that "minimal" is an absolute term, though, and that
> "minimalistic" is in fact correct for things which are close to
> minimal but not quite there.

According to Merriam-Webster, "minimalist" is both an adjective and a noun:

Main Entry: 1min·i·mal·ist <http://www.m-w.com/images/audio.gif>
Pronunciation: -list
Function: noun
Date: 1907
1 : one who favors restricting the functions and powers of a political
organization or the achievement of a set of goals to a minimum
2 a : a minimal artist b : an adherent of minimalism

Main Entry: 2minimalist
Function: adjective
Date: 1967
: of, relating to, or done in the style of minimalism

So if you want to say that it is related to minimalism, rather than minimal,
"minimalist" (as in the original patch) is correct.

 - mdz

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