Pronounced: (not providing: it’s just “happen + chance”), noun/adj

Notes: You probably know what this means, but I didn’t know it was a word

Yesterday’s word

The word nostomania is “an irresistible compulsion to return home; intense homesickness”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

I don’t really know what is meant by “intense”: so strong that one cannot function? I was pretty homesick when I went off to college on my own; I just don’t know if that qualifies as nostomania or not. Our word comes from the Greek word nóstos (a return home) combined with -mania (an extreme and possible transient enthusiasm).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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