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According to dictionary.com the basic meaning of the word touting is to describe or advertise boastfully; publicize or promote; praise extravagantly But why would locales tout limestone water supplies? Can I replace it with more accurate synonym?

Meanwhile, some of the best bourbon made outside of Kentucky hails from locales touting limestone water supplies.

  • Presumably those locales brag about their water coming out of limestone. A guess is that this means that the water has certain minerals deemed beneficial for health or taste. – Drew Dec 26 '15 at 17:49
  • I guess you are right, thanx – EdwardL Dec 26 '15 at 17:52
  • I think it's effectively a misuse of the verb to tout, for which the relevant OED definition is To importune (a person) in a touting manner; (b) to solicit custom for (a thing), to try to sell; also (U.S.) in extended sense, to recommend. I would say it's fine to refer to locals touting their water (locals being the people who live in the area), but I don't think locales = locations works at all well as the verb subject. – FumbleFingers Dec 26 '15 at 18:50
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You seem to have two or three questions.

I find this sentence a little awkward...

Meanwhile, some of the best bourbon made outside of Kentucky hails from locales touting limestone water supplies.

A locale is a physical location, and physical locations really can't "tout" anything. The word "supplies" is also clumsy. I would change the sentence to something like this:

Some of the best bourbon made outside Kentucky hails from locales boasting limestone water reserves.

Or perhaps...

Some of the best bourbon made outside Kentucky hails from locales blessed with limestone waters.

  • Yes. Thanks a lot. You are right, this text is quite hard for non-speaker. I still have some gaps left. – EdwardL Dec 26 '15 at 17:59

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