Sunday, November 06, 2011

Article: Vomitorium: Someone Gets it Right

Vomitorium: Someone Gets it Right
http://rogueclassicism.com/2011/11/05/vomitorium-someone-gets-it-right-2/

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Vomitorium: Someone Gets it Right

The incipit of a piece in the Bradenton Herald:

What the heck is "vomitory seating"?

That's a question readers had after seeing the Bradenton Herald's Oct. 18 story about future renovations at McKechnie Field.

It contained a Fawley/Bryant architectural rendering that included the term vomitory seating.

"Will someone please tell me what that is?" John Crawford wrote.

Its origin is in the Latin word vomere — disgorging spectators — and its derivative is vomitorium, which, the dictionary says, pertains to "an entrance piercing the banks of seats of a theater, amphitheater or stadium."

Vomitory seating is above the entrance.

It does not necessarily have to do with hurling.

Although, joked Trevor Gooby, the Pirates senior director of Florida Operations, "The Romans were big drinkers." […]