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Today we are going to tell you about a beautiful word that you may know from your own language.
It’s the word NOSTALGIA. Did you know that ….

“nostalgia” by Andrjei Tarkovski

It’s a complex word. It comes from the ancient Greek word NOSTOS -ΝΟΣΤΟΣ that meant RETURN HOME and  ALGOS–ΑΛΓΟΣ that meant PAIN (think about NEURALGIA!).
Although the compounds of this word were ancient Greek, the word first appeared in the 17th century in a medical thesis written in Latin, as NOSTALGIA, It refered to a serious mental
illness, that could lead even to death, caused to people who were forced to live far from home (as servants or soldiers) without any hope of return.
The term appears in German as well – HEIMWEH, in EnglishHOMESICKNESS, in French MAL DU PAYS.
In Greek the word NOSTALGOS and NOSTALGIKOS with their current meaning appear towards the end of the 19th century.
Now that things are tougher every day, don’t you just feel NOSTALGIA for the way things used to be?
(Source:Etymology Dictionary by G,Babiniotis)

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