If the point was to create a paean to mediocrity, then Linklater has made maybe the definitive work on the subject.
He spoke movingly about his parents, got a rousing response to every paean to business success and American values.
Shockingly, this paean to the good old days did not prevail.
1590s, from Latin paean "hymn of deliverance," from Greek paian "hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo," from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally "one who touches" (i.e. "one who heals by a touch"), from paio "to touch, strike."