nostalgie de la boue

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French

Noun[edit]

nostalgie de la boue (uncountable)

  1. A yearning for something base or vile.
    • 2002, Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters, New York: Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-03049-1, page 10:
      The fastidious and solitary public-schoolboy [George Orwell] dosses down with tramps and tarts and forces himself to endure bedbugs and chamberpots and lockups. The extraordinary thing about this nostalgie de la boue is that it is undertaken with a humorous self-consciousness and without a tinge of religious abjection or mortification.