Front Porch: Spring 2007

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Front Porch: Spring 2007

by Harry L. Watson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 13, No. 1: Spring 2007

"In the good old days, I'll have you know, 'nostalgia' was just a fancy term for homesickness."

Southerners, unite. It’s time we put a stop to pernicious innovations. Even nostalgia is not what it used to be. In the good old days, I’ll have you know, “nostalgia” was just a fancy term for homesickness. Nowadays, in an unforgivable neologism, linguistic barbarians define it as sentimental longing for times past. How dare they tamper with nostalgia? If you don’t believe me, check the Oxford English Dictionary. O tempora! O mores!