Are you crazy about onions? Are you an onion enthusiast? Do you vedge on Vidalias, live for leeks, or yearn for yellow onions? Well . . . do ya?!
Whether you wish for Walla Wallas or surrender to sweet onions, guess what. . . you don't have "oniomania."
(What?!?!?!?! I don't?)
(but . . .)
Every once in a while, a word comes along in the English language that should mean one thing, but instead means something completely different. This is one that is most certainly worth pointing out. Any wild guesses as to what you "suffer" from if you have oniomania? As much as I want to tell you that it is an unhealty obsession with a bulbous vegetable, oniomania is actually the excessive desire to shop.
So why do we say "shopaholic" instead of "oniomaniac?" It's easier to remember, of course. And I agree. But if practically no one uses a word for what it really is, why don't they just change it to what it should be?
Know of any other pointless or obscure words? Please share! :)