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Speaking of attention to detail, this year's Trials weren't held in a natatorium. They were in the Qwest center arena.

@Zippy: While it's true that one definition of "natatorium" is "a separate building that houses a swimming pool," the word is also used more generally to mean any indoor pool. See this Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natatorium
And also this American Heritage Dictionary definition: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/natatorium

The dictionaries I consulted (dictionary.com and my OED) mostly don't seem to have a building in the primary sense for natatorium. So where would the idea come from that it means a separate building? If that was the literal meaning of the original Latin it doesn't mean that it ever meant that in English.

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