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Word of the Day for Thursday, January 1, 2009

wanderlust \WON-der-luhst\, noun:

a strong desire to wander or travel

There are as many explanations for acute wanderlust as there are Travelers who suffer from it. But common to them all is the desire to break through the protective bubble that surrounds ordinary tourists as they move from one homogenous, CNN-wired hotel to another.
-- Steve Hendrix, The Washington Post, 1998-12-27
Life in Ardmore suited him-the slow pace of it, the sweep of sea and cliff, the roll of green hills that went shimmering toward shadowed mountains. The wanderlust that the Gallaghers were famed for had skipped over him, and Shawn was well rooted in Ardmore's sandy soil.
-- Nora Roberts, Tears of the Moon, 2000-08-13

by 1902, from German Wanderlust, literally "desire for wandering"

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