PRONUNCIATION: (mith-uh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING: noun: An abnormal tendency to exaggerate or lie.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek mythos (myth) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze). Earliest documented use: 1909.

MOTHOMANIA - frenzied flutterings around a bright flame or light bulb

MYTHOMARIA - the fictitious Eighth Sea, wherein lies the continent of Atlantis

MYSTOMANIA - when the computer game went viral, 20 years ago