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  • It is my turn now: Tom Lantos, terrorism tactician and strategician, is dead.

    Friday, February 29, 2008 As'ad 2008

  • And even though it seemed in those first six issues of "Hulk" that the Red Hulk was just out to smash some things, there's a much more complex strategician ... is that a word?

    Comic Book Resources 2010


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  • Attested from 1862, and in the text I'm proofing, and on a BBC blog, and sporadically elsewhere on the Web, but quite as many people (and in this case I'm inclined to be one of 'em) seem to think it's a blunder, 'strategist' influenced by 'tactician'.

    April 17, 2009

  • I'm inclined to agree with you, and I trust your instincts Qroqqa. When I analyzed this word I thought it might be a portmanteau of strategist and magician, since strategist and tactician are already so close that combining them seems redundant.

    April 18, 2009

  • Mightn't it be formed from the adjective strategic?

    "Anusheh is preparing a strategic plan. She is our strategician."

    April 19, 2009

  • It seems so inelegant to form the noun from the adjective that itself was derived from the verb. In a similar vein, my Mom always gets upset at the verb "conferencing", from "conference", from "confer", which itself could have been used in the situation.

    April 21, 2009

  • I think that a "strategician" is someone who practices "strategery" (a noun introduced on Saturday Night Live).

    Seanahan writes: "since strategist and tactician are already so close that combining them seems redundant".

    Sionnach disagrees. In the strongest possible terms. If they were any stronger, umbrage would have to be taken. The words describe two very obviously distinct concepts, so the suggestion that the difference might be elided by using them as if they were interchangeable is - to me - not a good one.

    April 21, 2009