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04:36:54 AM Dec 14th 2011
edited by DoktorvonEurotrash
I removed this bit from the Theatre entry:

"(hence satire, from satyr)"

"Satire" actually comes from Latin satura (also spelled satira), originally the name of a hodgepodge-like dish, which came to also be used for a "medley" play, and later for the satirical genre as a whole. It's not related to Greek satyros (though later authors sometimes assumed that there was a connection). The Greek satyr play wasn't particularly satirical; the comedy in it was more about raunchiness and slapstick. So there's no actual linguistic connection between "satire" and "satyr".
04:56:29 PM Oct 23rd 2010