One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Characteristic of Iris Murdoch or her novels or philosophy.
Characteristic of Rupert Murdoch or his business enterprises, especially in publishing, journalism, and broadcasting.
1960s; earliest use found in The Times. From the name of Iris Murdoch (Dame Jean Iris Bayley; 1919–99), British novelist and philosopher + -ian<br>1970s; earliest use found in The Chronicle-Telegram. From the name of Rupert Murdoch (b. 1931), Australian-born publisher and media entrepreneur + -ian.
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