|Published 10th July 2017|
Longman Dictionary defines the suffix "-ster" is as:
1. a person who is.
Eg.: a youngster (a young person),
2. a person who is connected with, deals with, or uses.
Eg.: a trickster (a person who plays deceiving tricks),
a gangster (a member of a gang),
a pollster (someone who carries out polls).
Often, the suffix "-ster"is used in a humorous and/or derogatory manner. It is true in the case of this cartoon strip.
The table below explains the meaning of the root words and the root words + suffix, as used in this comic strip.
|Root word||Meaning||Root word + Suffix||Meaning|
|Hip||Aware, informed, up-to-date, trendy. Also: cool, groovy. (Source)||Hipster||1. A person who is keenly interested in the latest trends or fashions.
2. A member of Bohemian counterculture.
3. An aficionado of jazz who considers himself or herself to be hip. (Source)
|Limp||Lacking internal strength, energy or vigour.||Limpster||A person who lacks internal strength, energy or vigour. Also: lazy.
|Dip||Stupid or foolish.||Dipster||A stupid or foolish person.
It is good to note that while "limpster" is not yet recognised as an English word, "dipster" is already a widely used slang which means "a person who actually thinks being a hipster is cool. Will never refer to themselves as one, but is obviously trying to be one." It's a blending of "dipshit" and "hipster"(source).
However, in the context of the comic strip, the character Bucky Katt precedes his use of the word "dipster" with his definition: "...he's not smart enough to realize he looks silly," obviously referring to the word "dip", a slang in North America which means stupid or foolish.