LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||23/NOV/2010 12:17 PM|
|Assunto:||health club or gym?|
It depends on context, I agree.
Gym is informal, and it is either understood as the room in the school facilities and the exercise done indoors for physical development, as school subject (short for gymnastics).
Gym is also short for gimnasyum, that latter is not informal, I could see the two ways in essays, typing "gymnasium site:www.123helpme.com/"
and then "gymnasium site:www.123helpme.com/" in the Google search.
Sometimes health club is used as well in that sense as well, more used in African countries and UK than in the US. Anyway it may be used.
It seems that health clubs were private run, were supposed to make people fit and appearance concious, and had more resources, the like of indoor pool, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weight rooms...we would call it "academias", but rich schools began to instal such facilities and today it seems that they are synomym with gym.
Tiago, thanks for the comment, this way I built up my vocabulary by searching.
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