PRONUNCIATION: (grahn gee-NYOL) [the first syllable is nasal]

MEANING: noun: An event, entertainment, etc., of a sensational or horrific nature.
adjective: Gruesome, grotesque, or horrifying.

ETYMOLOGY: From Le Grand Guignol (literally, The Great Puppet), a theater in Paris that specialized in such entertainment. Earliest documented use: 1905.

GARAND GUIGNOL - puppet with a semi-automatic rifle

RAND GUIGNOL - a think-tank for French theater

GLAND GUIGNOL - puppet shows with horminal themes