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tanarexia

noun; blending and clipping
disorder in which a person obsessively tans After seeing an article in Self Magazine about the hazards of tanning which used the term tanorexia in the summer of 2004, my friends and I began to use it in conversation such as, “She is definitely tanorexic because all she did was lie out this summer.” Here is used as an adjective, but tanorexia is a noun that came about from the blending of the base tan and the suffix -orexis. It is obviously not a scientific or medical disease but is used as an overstatement. Thus, people use tanorexia in a sarcastic fashion because it comes from clipping "an" off the serious medical condition anorexia and attaching its suffix –orexic to tan.
 
I found it in an article in Self Magaizine with the headline Tanorexia, but I could not find the article.
Etymology : tan + Greek -orexis ‘appetitie’
Source : Self magazine
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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