Natatorium — What the heck is that?
Sometimes, but not often, I come across a word I have not heard. One that came up recently is the word natatorium. Do you know what a natatorium is?
A natatorium is swimming pool. It is usually in a separate freestanding building. Like many words, natatorium has its roots in Latin. A cella natatoria was a swimming pool in its own building.
Sometimes the term is also applied to any indoor pool even if not housed in a dedicated building Examples of this would be a pool at a school or a fitness club. Many colleges and universities have natatoria.
I said I never heard of the word but I think there was a natatorium used in many of the past Olympics, I just wasn’t paying attention to the word then.