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  • L.J. Sparvero
    ... From http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary Main Entry: sym·po·sium .... Etymology: Latin, from Greek symposion, from sympinein to drink together, from
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 18, 2003
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      >I am told that the original meaning of the word Symposium in Greek is
      >a "drinking party." Perhaps a beer and BS session after the formal
      >classes? Archers love to tell tales. Just a suggestion...
      > -Allan Bluehood-

      From http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary
      "
      Main Entry: sym·po·sium
      ....
      Etymology: Latin, from Greek symposion, from sympinein to drink together,
      from syn- + pinein to drink -- more at POTABLE
      Date: 1711
      1 a : a convivial party (as after a banquet in ancient Greece) with music
      and conversation b : a social gathering at which there is free interchange
      of ideas
      2 a : a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses
      on a topic or on related topics -- compare COLLOQUIUM b : a collection of
      opinions on a subject; especially : one published by a periodical c :
      DISCUSSION
      "

      You hit it right on the nose, never would have guessed the origin of the
      word! -Lyev
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