28 April 2010


From The Word Spy, 28 April 2010

n. Distress or melancholy caused by a significant change to one's local environment.

'Whereas nostalgia is homesickness for a place, solastalgia is a yearning for the way a loved place used to be.'

—Des Houghton, "Pain has a brand new label," The Courier Mail, February 27, 2010

'Ecological degradation is not only affecting our external landscape; it's also influencing our psychic one. Neologisms paint the picture: solastalgia is the depression caused when your local surroundings are damaged significantly; eco anxiety is a generalized worry about the environment.

—Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, "Eco anxiety," The New York Times, April 20, 2008'

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