Tales From the Editing Desk: "Touristic"

Arbiter of Style (and Abbeville managing editor) Erin had an experience of mind-blowing Moebius-strip circularity yesterday. While proofreading the latest edition of Naomi Rosenblum’s popular tome A History of Women Photographers, she came across the word “touristic” and wanted to verify its authenticity. So she consulted the Merriam-Webster online dictionary and came across this citation:




Function: adjective

Date: 1848

: of or relating to a tour, tourism, or tourists <the touristic tradition of visiting Roman ruins by night — Naomi Rosenblum>


BOOM! Cranial explosion! The passage she was reading…being used to validate the passage she was reading. Erin reports staring immobilized for a good twenty minutes while her brain wrestled with the fearsome convolutions of this paradox.


Well, not really. But it was still pretty cool. Uh, for us editors.


Okay, for those of you not sufficiently impressed by that anecdote, check out the enthusiastic review of our How Artists See Jr. series over at The Well-Read Child. Crazy dictionary coincidences may not blow your mind, but surely that Magritte train painting will.

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