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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/20/2003
Most recent entry - 6/15/2018

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Posts - 2502
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  01:56 PM

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?

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