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Another new word, courtesy of Schott’s Vocab. “Poorism” is a portmanteau combining “poor” and “tourism” that refers to the increasing number of voyeuristic tours that take well-heeled travelers through slums in cities such as Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. Schott's, quoting a UPI article:
Recent media coverage of slums and academic studies on the phenomenon have led to the coinage of a new term, “poorism,” analysts said.
Regular poorism travel tours now attract travelers to Brazil, Ethiopia and India. After the 2005 hurricane Katrina, Louisiana became a major site for poorism tours, leaving residents who were fighting for economic recovery with little choice but to accept poorism tourists as a means of income.
Thanks a lot, Slumdog Millionaire.


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