One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Gone are the high-decibel, constant fulminations of communist generals against the ‘splittists.’’
- ‘On the list were ‘underground gangs’, Xinjiang separatists, ‘splittists’ - including Tibetans - ‘unstable social elements’ and the Falun Gong spiritual movement; all these are now defined as terrorist groups.’
- ‘They would probably think the whole thing was some kind of devilish trick, a smoke screen for some larger splittist plot.’
- ‘After only five days at the helm, Hu set out a tough policy for dealing with the ‘splittists.’’
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