Word of the DayThursday, January 01, 2009
\WON-der-luhst\ , noun;
a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.
In the first few seconds an aching sadness wrenched his heart, but it soon gave way to a feeling of sweet disquiet, the excitement of gypsy wanderlust.
-- Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O'Connor, The Master and Margarita, 1967
A person susceptible to "wanderlust" is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.
-- Pico Iyer, "Why We Travel," Wanderlust, 2000
Wanderlust is a German loanword that translates literally to "wander desire." It entered English in the early 1900s.
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