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leisurist: noun Definition: An occupation. One who is in the pursuit of leisure. One who studies leisure with the intention of partaking of leisure. Plural (leisurists) Word history: Based on the word leisure with the addition if "ist" as in botanist, scientist. Sample sentence: <My life as a leisurist was mostly filled with sailing, cruising and voyaging in my yacht, interspersed with lengthy bouts of salaried employment to cover costs.>
<My life as a leisurist was mostly filled with sailing, cruising and voyaging in my yacht, interspersed with lengthy bouts of salaried employment to cover costs.>

My wife and I are sailing cruisers who live on our yacht and spend extended periods cruising in the Pacific. In 1994 when asked by some friends if we had a name for ourselves I said that we were Leisurists. We all said “Wow, that is a good word.” We have been using it ever since as an occupation name. We use it on all forms and documents that require our Occupation from the TAX Department to air travel and Customs and Immigration. After inventing the word we looked for it in a range of dictionaries and on the internet and found that it was not being used. In 2000 it was still not being used except in our Webb Site. Then I sent the word to Merriam-Webster who stated that its usage would be monitored on the internet. If used it would be included. Today, 6th December 2007, there are 1050 hits for leisurist and 350 for leisurists on Google and I still cannot find it in any dictionaries.
by Hilton Ward December 14, 2007

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