What Is Entertaiment?
A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–these are all forms of entertainment. From the Old French entretenement (support, maintenance), it became associated with hospitality and amusement–the idea that you entertain guests by keeping them happy and distracted. It’s also a broad category–we talk about theatrical entertainment as shows, visual entertainment as stuff you like to look at, and audio entertainment as mostly music.
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