Difference between nudist and naturist

A bit of ambiguity to get the new week going. To be sure, there are as many definitions of the terms “nudist” and “naturist” as there are people who use them. Sadly, I’m not sure either word has a particularly positive connotation to the average person on the street, who is likely to dismiss either one as fringe.

But as the author suggests to those who are most adamant about the correct terminology, “Give up now. You are wasting your time!”

Thoughtful Naturist

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

Every now and again, someone will ask about the difference between nudist and naturist. Much earnest debate goes on, conclusions are arrived at, opinions stated as fact, arguments swapped, anecdotes and examples aired, definitions from a range of sources given as proof.

But the problem is, they all miss the point. Simple observation shows that both in and outside of the naturist/nudist world, people hold a very wide range of opinions about these words, often coloured by complete ignorance of the lives of those of us who embrace social nudity; they know that we do x, y or z. Fact. Certainty. It’s obvious isn’t it? No it isn’t. Those words are a problem.

As we need to let them know of the joys of our…

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