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However, the term "fancy" for an intense liking of something, while being of a different etymology, coincidentally carries a less intense but somewhat similar connotation to "fanatic". The Dickson Baseball Dictionary cites William Henry Nugent's work asserting that it was derived from the fancy, a term from England referring to the fans of a specific hobby or sport from the early 18th century to the 19th, especially to the followers of boxing.According to that theory, it was originally shortened to fance then just to the homonym fans.Many of the trade journals around music, such as Rolling Stone, were created by music fans.A notable music fan was groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster, famous for making numerous plaster casts of rock stars' penises.The term supporter is also used in a political sense in the United States, to a fan of a politician, a political party, and a controversial issue.Fans usually have a strong enough interest that some changes in their lifestyles are made to accommodate devotion to the focal object.These fans will often hold a crush on a major movie star, pop star, athlete or celebrity (see teen idol).

They may show their enthusiasm in a variety of ways, such as by promoting the object of their interest, being members of a fan club, holding or participating in fan conventions, or writing fan mail.They may also engage in creative activities ("fan labor") such as creating fanzines, writing fan fiction, making memes or drawing fan art.Merriam-Webster, the Oxford dictionary and other sources define "fan" as a shortened version of the word fanatic.Fans have a desire for external involvement – they are motivated to demonstrate their involvement with the area of interest through certain behaviors (attending conventions, posting online, displaying team banners outside their homes, etc.).Fans often have a "wish to acquire" material objects related to the area of interest, such as a baseball hit by a famous slugger or a used guitar pick from their musical hero.

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