raree show

raree show

[rair-ee]
noun
2.
a carnival or street show; spectacle.

Origin:
1695–1705; allegedly imitative of a foreign pronunciation of rare show

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raree show (ˈrɛəriː)
 
n
1.  a street show or carnival
2.  another name for peepshow
 
[C17: raree from rare1]

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raree show
"peep show contained in a box," c.1681, so called "in imitation of the foreign way of pronouncing rare show" [Johnson]. "Johnson's statement is prob. correct; the early exhibitors of peep-shows appear to have been usually Savoyards, from whom the form was no doubt adopted" [OED]. Early "peep shows" were
more innocent than what usually is meant now by that word.
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