Talk:whistle-stop train tour

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whistle-stop train tour[edit]

This is not idiomatic as defined. There is significant usage of whistle stop tour, which might be idiomatic. There are a few words that can take the place of "train", such as "campaign" and "railroad", "bus", and even "plane". The essence of the idiom (if it is one) is that it is a kind of "campaign tour" in US politics. Nearly as common as "whistle-stop tour" is whistle-stop campaign. "Whistle stop tour" might be idiomatic because it is sometimes used as a metalepsis, referring to any tour that involves going to many minor destinations for mostly symbolic purposes, as by a newly appointed corporate executive visiting all the company's factories or all division headquarters or all counties that have company facilities. The term evokes the idea of political campaigning and would nowadays never involve a train, except incidentally, and no actual "whistle stops". DCDuring TALK 18:31, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

  • Totally wrong. Delete SemperBlotto 22:28, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
Definitely delete. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:01, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
I agree on delete, but do you think the entry for whistle-stop covers this sense sufficiently? I mean, is a "whistle-stop campaign" same as an "extremely brief and hurried campaign" or do we need another definition in the entry "whistle-stop"? --Hekaheka 09:39, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Deleted, Mglovesfun (talk) 10:35, 19 April 2011 (UTC)