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What the Romans did for us really makes me sick

I suppose this nifty piece of information that I learnt today is more a correction of a misconception that not only me, but many others have as well. When you hear the word Vomitorium what do you think of? Somewhere the Romans used to go to throw-up/ up-chunks/ huey/call on the big white porcelain telephone/ vomit (delete as appropriate)? Well you’re wrong, apparently this is a very common mistake.

This is apparently some artwork found in an ancient vomitorium in France. Looks more like a cock-up to me!

The word actually describes a tunnel or exit built to allow crowds to exit from a theatre in quite a speedy way. To vomit out I suppose. As for are there any diced carrots in a vomitorium, well I’ll leave you to check that out. I used to work for a now defunct rail provider in the north of the UK and we amusingly referred to the works canteen as the vomitorium or the vom.

About justwilliam1959

I've been on the planet for a more than half a century and I've lost all my hair but not my enthusiasm for life, my wife, reading and music! I started my first blog; With Just A Hint Of Mayhem in February 2009. In May 2011 I began two sister blogs to that first one; With Just A Hint Of Amelia and With Just A Hint Of Learning. A while later I also added the more random Stars In My Glasses to the family :-) Feel free to check them all out and let me know what you think!

One response to “What the Romans did for us really makes me sick

  1. Pingback: Sick of Issue’s « Darkforbid

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