Also in the previous "Looking Back" blog entry about the car accident in Elva, Illinois, the newspaper mentioned an "autoist" taking the injured party away. I figured that meant a car driver, but looked it up anyway.
DEFINITION: Autoist: n. motorist. Origin 1900-1905.
First-known use in 1899 for automobilist, motorist plural became autoists.
There is an Autoist search site for cars.
One who drives an automobile.
Little Ol' Autoist Me. But I Also Have a Truck. What, Then, Would That Make Me? Truckist? --RoadDog
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