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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 14, April 1, 2001, Article 16

WORD OF THE WEEK 

   From one of my favorite email newsletters, A Word A Day, 
   (http://wordsmith.org/awad/)  comes this word which I'm sure 
   numismatic bibliophiles can relate to: 

   oniomania (O-nee-uh-MAY-nee-uh, MAYN-yuh) noun 

   Excessive, uncontrollable desire to buy things. 

   [From Latin, from Greek xnios, for sale, derivative of onos, 
    price, + -mania.] 

   "Usually, oniomania leads to financial problems, such as 
   overspending on credit cards and bad credit ratings." 
   Just Ask Us, Current Health 2 (Highland Park, IL), Mar 2, 2001. 

   Oniomania is another word for the urge to shop till you drop, 
   habit of the debit, thrill of the bill. According to a pearl of 
   ancient wisdom, we don't acquire things, things acquire us. 
   In the case of oniomaniacs, it is perhaps the fun of acquiring 
   things that acquires them.  Imelda Marcos of the Philippines 
   could be one prime example of this category, also known as 
   shopaholics, though she could be better known as a shoeaholic. 

   [Editor's note;  Is that where Myron Xenos of The Money 
    Tree got his name?] 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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