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Posted by Admin on November 26, 2019

Overtourism describes a situation where there are so many tourists visiting an area that it damages the local environment, the attractions, and the tourist experience, thereby diminishing the quality of life for residents as well as visitors.

Undoubtedly there are some who will have a difficult time figuring out how that much tourism could happen, much less be perceived as a negative, but it does happen and it can be a negative.

It has become so much of a concern that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with its membership of 156 countries, 6 territories, and over 500 affiliate members is actively encouraging tourist destinations implement the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to guard against overtourism happening — or continuing to happen — in their area.

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE 1: The roots for the UNWTO go back to 1925 when the first international congress of official tourist organizations was held at The Hague. In 1934, they created the International Union of Official Tourist Publicity Organizations (IUOTPO), and in 1974 the World Tourism Organization was established through the United Nations.

Although the term overtourism was popularized by the Internet travel website Skift in 2018, it was first used in 2002 to describe the dangers of exploitation of natural resources by J.G. Nelson who also wrote about this issue (without using the term overtourism) in 1993 in his paper Tourism and Sustainable Development: Monitoring, Planning, Management published by the University of Waterloo Press.

The term turismofobia appears in the Spanish media in 2017 however overtourism became the expression of choice.

In 2018, the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary as one of its words of the year following a campaign by the Telegraph Travel to have it recognized by the Oxford Dictionary.

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Zone Out

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2011

Those who zone out appear to not notice or stop being interested in what is happening around you.  Some appear to merely lost their concentration while others go from disconnecting to falling asleep.  Like the expression space out, the history on this expression is also very recent.

On November 22, 2009 the Boston Herald published a story entitled, “Stars Align For Galaxy” with the following opening lines:

He looked zoned out sitting behind the table, talking about a season that’s gone so right for himself and the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Finally, Landon Donovan paused and almost asked permission to speak candidly.

Back in 2007, SecuriTeam published a short-run comic strip entitled, “Zoned Out” created by V Shane.  No one knows for sure why it had such a short run. 

The Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis-St. Paul published a review of the movie “Saving Grace” on August 4, 2000 that began with:

This feel-good comedy isn’t really a drug movie, at least not by the standards of the ’70s that gave birth to the zoned-out humor of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.

Just a few months earlier on April 28, 2000, the Los Angeles Times wrote a review of the movie “Committed.”  Starring Luke Wilson and  Heather Graham, the movie deals with a relationship 597 days after the wedding date.  The reviewer had this to say about the movie:

Although Heather Graham has exactly the kind of zoned-out, true-believer rigidity the part calls for, it is a delicate thing making people who flirt with sanity appealing, and by the film’s end Joline’s welcome is looking a bit worn.

Back on March 9, 1985 the Palm Beach Daily News ran Rex Reed’s article dealing with the offbeat underworld thriller movie, “Into The Night.”  It read in part:

Chock full of stars in cameo appearances, Into The Night is about a nerd whose inability to sleep leads him into the bizarre and zoned-out world of Hollywood after dark.  Ed Okin has tired blood.  He feels disoriented.  He’s sick of hearing people say, “Have a nice day.”

The Oxford Dictionary indicates that “zoned” is a hybrid of zonked and stoned and dates back to the 1970s when the word meant an individual was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

While Idiomation can only find published mention of the phrase starting in the mid-1980s, the Oxford Dictionary confirms that the expression was part of the vernacular at least 10 to 15 years prior to that.

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