The proponents of the position that “linguist” should mean student of linguistics, and not speaker of several languages, are continuing to defend their position after my recent video,
“The joy of being a linguist and the power of input.”
But for most people who do not know what the term “linguistics” means, an accomplished linguist is just someone who speaks more than one language. This is neither logical or illogical. It is just how the word is used. After all we have pessimists, violinists, and in French “unijambistes” (one-legged people), and the British even have diplomatists, none of whom need to have university degrees in any social science, and none of this is illogical or even disputed.