Word of the day: Pasquinade

A lampoon or satire posted in a public place.

Derived from an early 1500s Roman statue named Pasquino. Upon this statue rapscallions (Italian rapscallions, now that I think of it … I feel either a rap or another Rocky sequel coming on …) took to posting anti-church screeds. High-minded graffiti.

One might mistakenly equate Pasquino with Momus, the Greek god of ridicule and blame. But Pasquino was no mythical figure; he was evidently just a statue minding his own business, used to malicious effect. 


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