Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Word of the Day: oikofugic

oikofugic (adj)

Marked by the urge to wander or travel away from home.

"Genevieve's employment as an air hostess for Oceanic Airlines enabled her to indulge her most oikofugic fantasies, but an emergency landing in Uzbekistan was not one of them."
--Leahcim Setag, Strange Loops

I've always liked the Beatles lyric "show me that I'm everywhere and get me home for tea". That's how I feel about wandering -- whatever its pleasures, after a while it makes you appreciate your little hovel on Familiarity Street again. I enjoyed being in London last month, but I wouldn't want to be there now -- and not just because of the current riots (which I wouldn't be surprised to see on this side of the Atlantic soon). Ultimately, I need a routine, which you can't establish while traveling, to feel grounded. Although... too much routine leads to complacency and boredom. That's when it's time to pack up and perambulate again. Breathe in, breathe out.

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