- 2 (obsesión, capricho) déjate de manías, que no estás nada gorda stop saying such silly things o stop being silly o stop being neurotic, you're not at all fat está viejo y tiene sus manías he's an old man, and he has his funny little ways o some odd habits tiene la manía de la limpieza she has an obsession o a mania o [colloquial/familiar] a thing about cleaning tiene la manía de mirar debajo de la cama antes de acostarse she has this peculiar habit of looking under the bed before she gets into it el pescado siempre me cae mal — eso es una manía fish always upsets my stomach — that's just your imagination o you've just got a thing about it ahora le ha dado la manía de vestirse siempre de negro now she has this fad o craze of always dressing in black tiene la manía de que la gente se ríe de él he has this obsession o this strange idea that people are laughing at him
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The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is a body established in the eighteenth century to record and preserve the Spanish language. It is made up of académicos, who are normally well-known literary figures and/or academic experts on the Spanish language. The RAE publishes the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, which is regarded as an authority on correct Spanish. Affiliated academies exist in Latin American countries.