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Gains1

noun plural noun; zero derivation
An increase in muscle mass as a result of effort, including workouts and nutrition.
 
The usage of this word in this context is interesting because the phrase is “get some gains." At face value this should have the same meaning as "gain", but it carries a different connotation. This may be because of the strong negative connotation of the simple word gain, as it can refer to increase in fat mass instead of muscle. The phrase “get some gains” is used to distinguish between a positive and a negative type of weight gain. The use of the word “gain” as a noun is as well not novel; it means profit (also in the plural). One could, for example, say that a stock or company is "making gains."
Etymology : Gains is a zero derivation from the existing English word gain, with the earliest usage around the 1520s, as a verb meaning to “obtain as profit." This is from an Old French word of the same meaning, but which also meant “pasture."
Source : “I’m gonna get some gains” (Rice University student, October 2017) www.etymonline.com www.merriam-webster.com
Last modified: 4 December 2017


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