Good old days

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Good old days is a cliché in popular culture. It refers to an era considered by the speaker to be better than the current era. It is a form of nostalgic romanticisation.

An early use is by John Henley in The Primitive Liturgy: for the Use of the Oratory, Part 1. Being a form of Morning and Evening Prayer..., 1726 [1]

To all sincere Lovers of their Religion, And of their Country ; of Truth, Learning, Charity, and Moderation ; to all honest Admirers of the good old Days of their best and wisest Fore-fathers, this first Part of the Primitive Liturgy Is most humbly dedicated.

This book is reviewed in The Historical Register, volume 11, 1727[2]

In 1727, Daniel Defoe wrote "In the good old days of Trade, which our Fore-fathers plodded on in ...".[3]

It has been used as Laudator temporis acti (Praiser of past times) in Roman times.[4]

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  1. ^ [1] The Primitive Liturgy: for the Use of the Oratory, John Henley, 1727, third edition, unnumbered page before p. 74
  2. ^ [2] The Historical Register, volume 11, 1727
  3. ^ [3] The Complete Tradesman, volume 2, part 2, page 7
  4. ^ Spenser, Henry McDonald (May 1918). "Laudator Temporis Acti". The Lotus Magazine. 9 (8): 386. Retrieved 26 May 2014.