Posted by Bob on March 14, 2007
In Reply to: To wax nostalgic posted by Smokey Stover on March 13, 2007
: : : : : "To wax nostalgic" I believe, means to fondly look back to an earlier time or specific event. Correct?
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: : : : No. You've described being nostalgic, not waxing nostalgic.
: : : When "wax" doesn't mean giving a protective coating to a surface, it means "become." A dictionary will confirm this. To wax nostalgic is to become nostalgic. You have the right meaning for "nostalgic." ~rb
: : To wax is to grow in quantity or intensity. The moon waxes, then wanes (decreases.) You may be nostalgic for old friends, but you may wax nostalgic (get even more so) as you look at photographs or tell stories.
: Why doesn't Bob tell us (again) how nostalgic the one-time champion skier becomes as he waxes his skis--waxing nostalgiccally?
When it wanes, it pours.