The name comes from the Greek term "gymnos" meaning naked.

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    The gymnasium in ancient Greece functioned as a training facility for competitors in public games. It was also a place for socializing and engaging in intellectual pursuits. The name comes from the Greek term gymnos meaning naked. Athletes competed in the nude, a practice said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and a tribute to the Gods. Gymnasia and palestrae were under the protection and patronage of Heracles, Hermes and, in Athens, Theseus.
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    Well,since Bunjamon beat me to it, I will offer up:

    Gymnastics:The word gymnastics comes from the ancient Greek word 'gymnazein' which is literally translated to mean 'to train naked'. The Greeks used to use gymnastics as a training for war.
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    Jun 30, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    gymnocologist? gymnosperm? gymnykricket?
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    Gymnophobia
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    Jun 30, 2010 7:27 AM GMT
    Most of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!

    Note: In American text books many severe mistakes were done. One of them is minimizing the male to male sexuality, and the other is always refering to ONE ancient Greece!. There had NEVER been one unified Ancient Greece, but Greek kingdoms and leagues, like Ionia, Aeolia, Achaea,Sparta-Laconia, etc.
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    gymnogynomaniac : A male voyeur
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    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!

    Note: In American text books many severe mistakes were done. One of them is minimizing the male to male sexuality, and the other is always refering to ONE ancient Greece!. There had NEVER been one unified Ancient Greece, but Greek kingdoms and leagues, like Ionia, Aeolia, Achaea,Sparta-Laconia, etc.
    Wow, very informative! Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    I wish we could bring back some of the customs of those times.
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    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!


    Actually, early christians back then had "unions", both men partnering with each other for life since women weren't allowed to join in back then. Yes, it was the christians who favored gay marriages, WTF?!!
    This continued until the Romans took over, outed their practices and persecuted them because they thought their religion went againts the rules of the romans. So it was the romans who ruined everything!
    Anyway, back to the greeks...
    Kouros means...
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    GigoloAssassin said
    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!


    Actually, early christians back then had "unions", both men partnering with each other for life since women weren't allowed to join in back then. Yes, it was the christians who favored gay marriages, WTF?!!
    This continued until the Romans took over, outed their practices and persecuted them because they thought their religion went againts the rules of the romans. So it was the romans who ruined everything!
    Anyway, back to the greeks...
    Kouros means...


    Didn't Queen Victoria ruin everything with her sexually prudish nature?
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    Jun 30, 2010 8:12 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!


    Actually, early christians back then had "unions", both men partnering with each other for life since women weren't allowed to join in back then. Yes, it was the christians who favored gay marriages, WTF?!!
    This continued until the Romans took over, outed their practices and persecuted them because they thought their religion went againts the rules of the romans. So it was the romans who ruined everything!
    Anyway, back to the greeks...
    Kouros means...


    Early Christians had unions, because of their pagan mixed sense of Christianity! They had not seperated totally from their ancient pagan roots YET! This was before Christianity officially got accepted in Rome! In new Roman capital of Constantinopolis/Constantinople/Istanbul (all three names of the same city) the emperor Constantine had approved the decree of this new uber religion. From then onwards more puritan judaic interpretation crystallized, since Christianity was a jewish sect in the beginning, not another religion!!!! The male to male sex practice drastically decreased, but continued underground!

    All Judaism-Christianity-Islam have some grudges against this natural sexual being of humanity, since all three are from the same abrahamic/monotheistic origins!
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    Gymkhana??



    No? Well, it would be a lot more interesting if it were so.....icon_wink.gif



    Sits back to watch the race for the online dictionary begin.
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    Jun 30, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    If GYMNOS means "naked" why are young guys today SO afraid of being naked at the gym? They do the towel dance, they wear their underwear into the shower, or they don't shower and just go home all sweaty and stinky.

    Strange.
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    paulflexes saidCan you guess the word? icon_wink.gif


    Gymnfo (n) short for gym nympho--or nymphomaniac. The gym nymphomaniac is a male who hangs out around the gym hoping to get laid. He can be identified as the guy who was showering in the locker room when you got to the gym AND when you finished. He may also be the man stroking himself in the sauna. While not always unpleasant, most gymnfos tend to be super creepy and sketchy. Approach with caution.
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    paulflexes saidCan you guess the word? icon_wink.gif


    Gymnfo (n) short for gym nympho--or nymphomaniac. The gym nymphomaniac is a male who hangs out around the gym hoping to get laid. He can be identified as the guy who was showering in the locker room when you got to the gym AND when you finished. He may also be the man stroking himself in the sauna. While not always unpleasant, most gymnfos tend to be super creepy and sketchy. Approach with caution.
    They finally made up a name for my type? icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Gonads!
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    NakedBudd saidIf GYMNOS means "naked" why are young guys today SO afraid of being naked at the gym? They do the towel dance, they wear their underwear into the shower, or they don't shower and just go home all sweaty and stinky.

    Strange.


    Just as I predicted!
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    The Gymnopédies, published in Paris starting in 1888, are three piano compositions written by French composer and pianist Erik Satie. Originally intended to be performed with the pianist in the nude, the mores of the time did not allow this in public performances.

    OK, I made that last part up about nudity, being silly. Satie was drawing upon the contemporary sense of the word as an ancient Greek religious festival piece. It comes from the word Gymnopaedia.

    In ancient Sparta, this was a yearly celebration during which naked youths displayed their athletic and martial skills through the medium of war dancing. The custom was introduced in 668 B.C.E., concurrently with the introduction of naked athletics. The dance in armor (the "Pyrrhic dance" or Pyrriche [Πυρρίχη]) was a male coming-of-age initiation ritual linked to a warrior victory celebration.

    Image of a Corybantian dance (referring to crested dancers), thought to have been performed during the Gymnopaedia festival:

    Corybantian_dance_from_Smith%27s_Diction
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    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!

    Note: In American text books many severe mistakes were done. One of them is minimizing the male to male sexuality, and the other is always refering to ONE ancient Greece!. There had NEVER been one unified Ancient Greece, but Greek kingdoms and leagues, like Ionia, Aeolia, Achaea,Sparta-Laconia, etc.


    Some things should NOT be done in the nude...just...no..floppy bits flopping around gets painful.
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    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!

    Note: In American text books many severe mistakes were done. One of them is minimizing the male to male sexuality, and the other is always refering to ONE ancient Greece!. There had NEVER been one unified Ancient Greece, but Greek kingdoms and leagues, like Ionia, Aeolia, Achaea,Sparta-Laconia, etc.


    Some things should NOT be done in the nude...just...no..floppy bits flopping around gets painful.


    Tens of thousands of years, before Christ , many tribes in Africa, Eurasia (or seperately Europe & Asia ) Americas and Australia had practiced this nudity in public and some natives still are.
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    LifeByTheHorn saidMost of the sports in ancient greek kingdoms were done in total nudity. All the organs had liberty. Masculine, macho men spent time with their male lovers before, after, and during the games, wars or normal peaceful times! Most men had male lovers, this was the tradition in pagan times! Dang Christianity ruined that beauuuuutiful, manly tradition!!!!!!

    Note: In American text books many severe mistakes were done. One of them is minimizing the male to male sexuality, and the other is always refering to ONE ancient Greece!. There had NEVER been one unified Ancient Greece, but Greek kingdoms and leagues, like Ionia, Aeolia, Achaea,Sparta-Laconia, etc.


    Some things should NOT be done in the nude...just...no..floppy bits flopping around gets painful.


    Tens of thousands of years, before Christ , many tribes in Africa, Eurasia (or seperately Europe & Asia ) Americas and Australia had practiced this nudity in public and some natives still are.


    Thats great and wonderful, but I don't like the idea of my junk being exposed to you know...danger.

    I'm accident prone like you wouldn't believe, its almost comical.