What is Entertaiment?



Entertaiment is about amusement and distraction — the clown at a kid’s birthday party, a Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip. It comes from the Old French word entretenir, related to hospitality — entertaining guests, keeping them happy and amused. Entertainment is often a performance, but it can also be something you do alone or with others: the daily crossword puzzle, say, or listening to music. It can even be a story like Scheherazade in the professional storytelling tradition, which has inspired composers (including Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel), directors (including Pasolini), and innovative video games.

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