Your Take on “Nostalgia” — Pain or Pleasure?
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Your Take on “Nostalgia” — Pain or Pleasure?

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Let’s take a look at the original meaning of the word “nostalgia.” You are going to be surprised. (Unless you know Latin pretty well.)…

There is a natural, soothing nostalgia for the more simple, safe, straight-forward days of yore (i.e., those days before some national foul-up compelled you to follow politics). But, did you know that the word “nostalgia” was first used to name a disease?

…Although we now associate nostalgia with fond memory, the word was coined to refer to an unwanted medical condition. The algia in nostalgia means “pain”…

Johannes Hofer (1669–1752) was a Swiss physician who named the condition, which he identified as a mania tied to homesickness in Swiss mercenary soldiers. The nost- in nostalgia means “homecoming,” and such sentimental yearning for home during field operations was viewed as a disorder of the brain, with symptoms ranging from melancholy and malnutrition to brain fever and hallucinations…

~ Merriam-Webster

READ MORE: Those Were the Days: on ‘Nostalgia’ | Merriam-Webster

The way things are going in the world… personally, I think the original meaning of the word should be revived. A little melancholy, PTSD, or nostalgia anyone?

How do you use the word “nostalgia?” Are you old-school or new-school on its meaning? Do you find that “nostalgia” expresses pleasure, or pain? What does “nostalgia” actually mean to you?

Show us? Feel free to use the word “nostalgia” in a sentence or two in the comments below.


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about Chester, the Alpha Bichon -- with a dash of humor and a dab of Poli-Sci. Her views and insights are tinted by a former profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and training in Library and Information Science. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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Chester is a scruffy little Bichon dog, with a congenial Napoleon Complex, and stars in "The Chester Chronicles." He sometimes reports independent Canine News -- NO corporate treats accepted, NO corporate bias. Woof!

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