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Gymania

noun; blending
An excessive interest in gymming. This neologism is easily understood as referring to an excessive amount of gymming activity. Mania is by definition excessive (excesses are usually bad); however this neologism is used in such a way to use such excesses as a reason to incite people to visit the Autry Gym and immerse themselves in a plethora of sporting activities. The word neatly sums up the entire flyer it entitled. Despite its etymological background having to do with nudity, and Rice undergraduates’ preoccupation with sex and nudity, such a relationship doesn’t stick out – although mentioning that aspect of ancient gyms may have drawn more attention to an otherwise serious flyer.
 
GYMANIA!
Etymology : gym x (m)ania. Gym, clipping of Latin gymnasium ‘school for gymnastics,’ from Greek gymnasion, from gymnazein ‘to exercise or train,’ literally ‘to train naked,’ from gymnos ‘naked.’ Maniac, from French maniaque, from Late Latin maniacus, from Greek maniakos, from mania, from mani ‘intense desire’ + –ac ‘N’.
Source : Flier for Rice sporting event at Autry Gym
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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