November 25th, 2014



\nos-tuh-MEY-nee-uh, -MEYN-yuh\
1. an irresistible compulsion to return home; intense homesickness.
The nostomania of Odysseus arose from a yearning for what he already knew, already possessed.
-- Eric Ormsby, "The Dark Regime of Paradise," David Solway: Essays on His Works, edited by Carmine Starnino, 2001
Nostomania shares a root with the word nostalgia in the Greek term nóstos, which means "a return home." It entered English in the mid-1800s.

Which got worked into my NANO novel, in Highlands, quite unexpectedly a PERFECT image and reference to add.

Another Word I Didn't Know -- Scandihoovian

Even though the word Scandihoovian is not in my word processor's dictionary, I still wanted to use it, thinking it was probably slang or even an invention... I was trying to correct spelling, my old nemesis, and discovered that although I spelled it Scandahoovian, google ever so politely corrected it AND came up with "About 12,500 results (0.38 seconds)"!
And for the "misery loves company" cadre, for the misspelled version, google found "About 7,840 results
(0.68 seconds)"
What a hoot!
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