February 13, 2016
Is this a typo in the New Yorker?
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?