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The origin of the word criterium....(2 posts)

The origin of the word criterium....Bruno S
Feb 16, 2003 4:51 PM
Because most of you have always wondered, from Websters:

Pronunciation: krI-'tir-E-&m, krE-ter-'yom
Function: noun
Etymology: From French "critérium". Meaning: competition, literally, criterion, from Late Latin "criterium", from Greek "kritErion"
Date: 1970 (Introduced to US Dictionary)
: a bicycle race of a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads closed to normal traffic
From the BLOG Library!BigLeadOutGuy
Feb 16, 2003 5:31 PM

CRY the root meaning of the race...cry is the root of the word because after sprinting out of every corner you are crying from exhuastion.
TEAR the subroot of the meaning...Because from the starting bell everyone is trying to tear each others legs off to thin out the pack.
E....Just to get in the way, like that one guy in the race that always seems to be in your grill no matter what you do.
Y-UM the ending of the word...this has many meanings and possibilites, YUM can express the feeling you have when after the race you eat a whole pizza, well lets faace it pizza is yummy! or it can represent the dumbfounded expression you make when you realize that after all the dust settled and the last turn massacre has been cleaned up you have crossed the line first =)