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Is it possible to feel nostalgia for a time before your birth?




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Answer: yes

Sentimental yearning for any past time – e.g., for the simple life of the trilobite – is nostalgia. The word was coined by Johannes Hofer who loan translated the German concept heimweh by combining the Greek nostos, homecoming, and algos, distress.

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