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I feel like -logy and -nomy are more pertinent here, with the -ists being secondary developments from those. -logy goes back to -λογία, which is a combination of λέγω 'to speak; to collect', λόγος 'word; reason; ratio; ...', or -λογέω 'to speak' (a variant of λέγω appearing only in compounds) and the suffix -ία, which forms abstract nouns. All of these ...


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