“(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)”
King James Version (KJV)
17:21 And the strangers sojourning there - And catching the distemper of them. Some new thing - The Greek word signifies some newer thing. New things quickly grew cheap, and they wanted those that were newer still.
Ac 17:21 To tell, or to hear some new thing. Demosthenes himself speaks of this propensity of the Athenians (Philipp. 1:43). It was harmony with the spirit of the city that he should be called on to speak to gratify the curiosity of the populace.