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Fescennine Verses

Lampoons, so called from Fescennia in Tuscany, where performers at merry-makings used to extemporise scurrilous jests of a personal nature to amuse the audience.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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