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Nostalgia pour la bouie is a term dealing back to the 1850's when les grandes horizontales were first entering Parisian society in large numbers. The phrase was first used in connection to to the play Olympia's Wedding where a woman (not anything like Marie du Plessis) was married to a nobleman (again no connection with reality is implied...). The phrase, wholly enunciated is "A swan is a swan, but a duck who thinks itself a swan will find itself longing for the mud in which it was laid."

The fact that swans (and ducks) are more-or-less nesting in the same turf is to be contemplated....

Later, it was in vogue when Tom Wolfe mused on the fact that most of the High Society of his time were wearing blue jeans, swearing, and trying very hard to disassociate themselves with their background....

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