The phrase itself is not truly annoying, but the spelling is (at least for me). Is it ‘realist’ or ‘realest’? Well, when you think of words that end with the suffix –ist they usually contain root words that can be practiced such as Optometrist, Pharmacist, pessimist, optimist, Dentist, occultist, etc. All of these words contain root words that are things that can be done. You can do Optometry, Pharmacology, pessimism, optimism, Dentistry, and occultism.
With words that end with the suffix –est they are usually words that are in comparison to something such as meanest, leanest, richest, sexiest, funniest, etc. The –est suffix gets the most of the root word. If you are the meanest, you are the meanest out of the mean, which means your level of mean is most it can be. Get it?
Let’s look at the word ‘real’. Is it something that can be practiced? Well, technically you can practice Realism, which is a literary (and art) term that describes a literary (or art) movement. There are Realist writers and artists who wrote/created using Realism. There’s not just one ‘Realist’ so it’s impossible to refer to yourself as ‘the realist’ because there are many Realists. The suffix –est fits best when talking about being genuine, true, and loyal. Let's recap here. The correct word in terms of saying "I'm genuine" is actually REALEST.
So, why are people using the word ‘realist’? The word ‘realest’ is not actually a proper, grammatically correct so if you type it in a text message or on some kind of software that automatically corrects grammar and spelling, it will automatically change it to ‘realist’. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s really annoying when people use the wrong word repeatedly. Such as their, there, and they’re. It starts to catch on, spreads like a wildfire and everyone starts to use it wrong, even educated people. I think we should start paying closer attention to our words and how we use them. Don’t rely on programs to correct your words and grammar. Think about your own words, and don’t depend on technology, because as you can see even the most sophisticated systems can mess up. What if we take everything that technology says at face value? We need to think for ourselves and do our own research. Technology has made it easier for us to not use and our minds, we have become dependent on it and if we don’t have a thinking mind, where will that lead us? Computers and cell phones are NOT smarter than humans; we created it, after all.