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February 13, 2016  |  Is this a typo in the New Yorker?  |  2310 hit(s)

I hesitate to call "typo!" here, but I did find something odd in the February 1, 2016 issue of The New Yorker (page 45):


In case you can't read it, this is the text, with the oddball term highlighted:

Sarah Palin, the pre-Trump embodiment of populist no-nothingism in the Republican party [...]

I would have expected here the name know-nothingism, which I would have understood as a reference to the Know Nothing movement of the 1850s, which had a strongly nativist bent, and which I assume the author of the NYer article, Ryan Lizza, intended to invoke.

I'm wary of this conclusion, tho, because the NYer is about as rigorously edited a publication as there is in the U.S. today, and it would be surprising, to say the least, to find a typo like this.

What am I missing here?




Nancy Friedman   13 Feb 16 - 3:47 PM

It was corrected to "Know-Nothingism" in the digital edition:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/01/the-duel-faceoff-ryan-lizza