Friday, December 09, 2016


A Spelling Mistake

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), The Elgin Marbles. Should they be returned to Greece? with essays by Robert Browning and Graham Binns, 2nd ed. (London: Verso, 1997), p. x:
In towns and villages all over Greece, and in Greek tavernas all over the world, the spirit of phylloxenia prevails and no British guest is allowed to pay his or her bill.
For phylloxenia read philoxenia (hospitality).

Hat tip: Ian Jackson, who notes that the error suggests that "C.H. is more familiar with pre-phylloxera Bordeaux than with the Greek language." Hitchens' first wife (to whom he was still married in 1987, when the first edition of the book appeared) was Greek.


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