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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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What is a mamil?

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,477 mod
You probably know what a mammal is, but what is a mamil?

A mamil is a middle aged man in lycra. According to the Oxford English dictionary it describes a middle-aged man who is a very keen road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike and wears the type of clothing associated with professional cyclists'.

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  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,224 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Like me I think :D
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    Oh there are lots of mamils going up and down the Promenade des Anglais in Nice!
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Best MAMIL of 2016 :mrgreen:
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  • chyijungchyijung Posts: 2,118 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2016
    I feel reluctant to wear in a cyclist's lycra. I'm willing to lose some speed for not wearing that pant.

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    I am reluctant to wear cyclist's lycra. I'm willing to lose some speed for not wearing those pants.

    I am reluctant to dress in cyclist's lycra. I'm willing to lose some speed for not wearing those pants.
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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    I'm not convinced @Shiny03. You see far better specimens of mamils flexing their muscles along the Promenade des Anglais, I promise you.
  • krishnasilkrishnasil Posts: 12 ✭✭
    @Lynne Mamil is a middle aged man who rides an expensive racing bicycle for leisure, wearing professional style body-hugging bicycle jerseys and bicycle shorts.
  • AnuradaAnurada Posts: 207 Inactive
    Mamil stands for middle- aged man in lycra.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭✭
    mheredge said:

    I'm not convinced @Shiny03. You see far better specimens of mamils flexing their muscles along the Promenade des Anglais, I promise you.

    I'm trying my best. :mrgreen:

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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    I was going to ask whether there's such a thing as a mamilette? I saw a woman in lycra cycling yesterday.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,058 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    If this is the fedinition of mamil then I can see many mamils around. LOL
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    Really? In Pakistan @Bubbly?
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,058 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge more symbolic in meaning. But, few cyclists ride regularly in Margilla Hills cycling tracks near to Islamabad.

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    The only mamils I've seen in Nepal are middle aged foreigners cycling around on mountain bikes.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    It was introduced on TV about reusing the former railway. It said it became very popular, especially among foreign tourists.
    Do you know it? or have you ever tried it?
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 489 ✭✭✭
    The most controversial question of the local cycling enthusiasts is whether they should or shouldn't shave legs. Starting a discussion on this is one of the best trolling instruments for their message boards. The pro- party would insist that all professionals do it, presenting unobvious arguments, the contra would be unwilling to support such a paederastic practice. The same is about wearing the cycling shorts with a crotch cushion and suspenders, which are known here as 'homoshorts'. Though, one can always mask them by wearing usual shorts over.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    My internet connection is too feeble to play your video so I couldn't see where this railway is @Shiny03. In the UK, there are quite a few places where old railway lines have been converted to nature walks. It's a very good idea.
  • ObaiObai Posts: 6
    Thanks google :D "Mamil or MAMIL (an acronym standing for "middle-aged man in lycra".) is someone who rides an expensive racing bicycle for leisure, wearing professional style body-hugging jerseys and shorts. The word was reportedly coined by British marketing research firm Mintel in 2010."

    Thank you @Lynne I've just learnt that:) but that problem, how I can keep that in mind since it's not that much used in my daily business language!
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,641 mod
    edited January 11
    I thought you're talking about EMAILs? Oh my, I'm really snowed under at the moment. My eyes are kidding me... :) @Lynne :D
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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    I'm happy to say that mamils don't seem to have made their appearance in Vietnam yet! Lots of local people and tourists use bicycles but I think loose cotton clothes are the preferred dress here, where even in winter it is hot.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭✭
    'even in winter it is hot'....oh, I wish I could just teleport myself there right now.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    Today was hot but in the summer, apparently it hits 45 degrees Celsius @Shiny03. I was melting in January.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭✭
    :open_mouth: Then, I'll just stay here...
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    I have to say I'm quite looking forward to the cool weather in Nepal @Shiny03. It was hot and humid today and though normally I don't like air conditioning, I can see how it has its uses.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭✭
    How do Nepalis survive from those scalding days? @mheredge :open_mouth:
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,024 mod
    In the summer it can be quite hot in the south of Nepal @Shiny03 but in Kathmandu it is very moderate in summer and winter.

  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    A middle-aged man who is a very keen road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike and wears the type of clothing associated with professional cyclists. 'he spends his weekend mornings cycling with other MAMILs'.
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