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play Mario

verb; zero derivation
the practice of jumping up to punch in ceiling tiles. This word came about from the practice of punching in ceiling tiles for fun in a dorm hallway. Students found that jumping up and punching the ceiling tiles was very effective at breaking them. This practice came to be known as “playing Mario” because it looked very similar to the way in which the character Mario on the Nintendo game jumps up to punch things. This is an example of a pop cultural reference becoming a neologism.
 
Please stop playing Mario on the ceilings; we get fined for it.
Etymology : compounding of play + Mario
Source : Brown college secretary
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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