let's break it down, shall we?

motor -ist. If we are to believe Webster 1913, the suffix "-ist" denotes being an "agent", a "doer", one who practices, or "a believer in".

So, is a motorist is a "doer of motors". (sort sick, huh?)

Alright, now ignore all of that bunkum above; a motorist is a "driver" of automobiles.

There, that wasn't so bad, was it?

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