The Globetrotter’s Glossary: Word of the Day is Gallivantriloquism



Gallivantriloquism (n.)

Variables: Gallivantriloquist.

Roots: Gallivant & Ventriloquist. (Click on the links to find the meanings of the root words on Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Definition: The habit or state of wandering from one virtual or imaginary place to another by means of mediated travel anecdotes or experiences of others, without actual contact with the geographies in question. It might also mean letting another’s experience or descriptions being a mouthpiece for the travel experience one fetishizes.

Example: Emily’s gallivantriloquism made her scurry about from one modernist writer to another, while rummaging for the most ideal description of the ideal European city, as it was during the fin de siècle, for it was a time she could not herself go back to.


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