One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Each of a series of entrance or exit passages in an ancient Roman amphitheatre or theatre.
2A place in which, according to popular misconception, the ancient Romans are supposed to have vomited during feasts to make room for more food.
- ‘Just stagger to the handy vomitorium and come back with appetite restored.’
- ‘But consuming large amounts of food and drink while lying on one's side, waiting to use the vomitorium, is quite another.’
- ‘The Romans did this and created the vomitorium where they could go after a large tasty meal, barf it all up, and start in again on another large tasty meal.’
- ‘Masters and slaves exchanged roles and both ‘ate and drank themselves insensible; they would lurch to the vomitorium and stagger back for the next course.’’
- ‘One first class ticket straight to the vomitorium please.’
- ‘I had read somewhere about the practice in ancient Rome of having a vomitorium.’
- ‘Those were the days before seatbelts in the back, and we used to bounce around so merrily that by the end of any long voyage our bench was a glorified vomitorium.’
- ‘But it's a cruel myth that they would troop off to the vomitorium afterwards.’
- ‘Thankfully there's no mention of vomitoria either.’
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