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Apr 17, 2018
This week’s theme
Phobias & Manias

This week’s words
monophobia
sitomania
ailurophobia
pyromania
claustrophobia

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sitomania

PRONUNCIATION:
(sy-tuh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An abnormal craving for food.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek sito- (grain, food) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze). Earliest documented use: 1882. The opposite is sitophobia.

USAGE:
“Although Chipley found sitomania in patients from a broad range of social and age groups, he identified a special form of the disease that afflicted adolescent girls.”
Kenneth F. Kiple; The Cambridge World History of Human Disease; Cambridge University Press; 1993.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If only I could so live and so serve the world that after me there should never again be birds in cages. -Isak Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen), author (17 Apr 1885-1962)

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