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New word: touristing

(6 Posts)
Baggs Mon 18-Mar-19 16:52:51

"A and D have landed in Scotland and are touristing today ahead of seeing lots of you at...."

MiniMoon Mon 18-Mar-19 17:42:24

What's wrong with touring? That's what tourists do, isn't it?

sodapop Mon 18-Mar-19 17:44:28

For goodness sake, what sort of verb is that ? Sometimes I think people just like to sound pretentious.

grannyticktock Mon 18-Mar-19 17:50:13

It's an interesting linguistic development, I must say. So a painter might be artisting, a musician might be guitaristing or pianisting, and a terrorist could be terroristing. Lovely.

FountainPen Mon 18-Mar-19 17:56:32

A nonce-word but not a new word. From the OED.

1883 A. Stewart Nether Lochaber xxxviii. 233 Never before were all the conveniences for touristing so perfect.

1953 E. M. Forster Hill of Devi 27 I continued my tour—I was touristing—and I did not expect to see my delightful host again.

1971 K. Wheeler Epitaph for Mr. Wynn xxviii. 364 He wasn't just touristing around.

grandtanteJE65 Tue 19-Mar-19 12:27:08

Not all words make a lasting impact on the language, could we just forget "touristing" again for he next 20 odd years?