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There is a magazine/periodical called "Reader's Digest". I don't understand the title of the magazine/periodical. I look up the word "digest" in a dictionary but it seems to me that the explanations given cannot match with "Reader's".
Can someone kindly explain? Thanks!!
There had been a previous magazine called Literary Digest, it's first issue being in 1890. So when Reader's Digest began publishing a very similar kind of magazine in 1922, the use of 'literary' or some such form of the word in the title was not possible, even though the two magazines were very similar in their literary type content. They aimed the title at their market - the magazine readers of America...and so, Reader's Digest.
Reader's Digest literally means, a periodical consisting of condensed versions of pieces of writing or news published elsewhere, brought together for those who enjoy reading - a digest of good writing and interesting news for avid readers. One feature of the magazine in years gone by was the last section, which would be a condensed version of a famous novel.
Last edited by David L.; 12-Apr-2008 at 05:05.
By the way, a pun I often quote (to the annoyance of friends and acquaintances) uses "digest" in the verbal sense:
"Well, you know what they say: Writers cramp, readers digest."
Thank you, Riverkid, David L., RonBee, Ouisch.
Thanks for your explanation.