What is Entertaiment?

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Entertaiment is entertainment on any scale-the clown at a kid’s birthday party, the Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip. The word comes from the French entretenir, which was originally associated with hospitality-entertaining guests meant keeping them happy. From there it came to mean amusement, and from there the idea grew. Today we think of theatrical entertainment as shows, visual entertainment as stuff you like to look at, and audio entertainment as music and other sounds. Entertainment can also be transformational, a means of changing oneself or others. See Transformational Entertainment News for more.

This article was originally published in the March/April 2012 issue of TIME Out.