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Roman holiday (RO-muhn HOL-i-day) noun
An entertainment event where pleasure is derived from watching gore and barbarism.
[From the gladiatorial contests held in ancient Rome.]
"There were his young barbarians all at play;
"Perry Ryan: I think maybe the press was a bit sensational because
they were disappointed that the female sheriff they thought was
going to perform the execution didn't actually do it, and as a
consequence, the story became what a Roman holiday that this was
This week's theme: toponyms or words derived from place names.
Everything is for the eye these days - TV, Life, Look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all. -Fred Allen