Thursday, September 27, 2007

vaudeville

vaudeville (VAWD-vil) noun

Theatrical entertainment featuring a variety of acts such as
songs, dances, comedy, acrobatics, magic, pantomime, etc.

[From French vaudeville, from Old French vaudevire, a shortening
of chanson du Vau de Vire (song of the Valley of Vire), from Vire,
a valley of Calvados, Normandy in France where satirical folksongs
were composed by Olivier Basselin in the fifteenth century.]