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when in Rome (do as the Romans do)

One should do what is customary or typical in a particular place or setting, especially when one is a tourist. I know you don't normally get relish on your hot dog, but that's the thing here. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. I don't love cotton candy, but we are at a carnival. When in Rome, right?
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Roman holiday

An entertaining event, affair, or activity that relies on the exploitation, suffering, or failure of others. A metaphor taken from Lord Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which refers to the practice of having gladiators fight to the death for the amusement of spectators. I think tabloids exist and flourish as a means of providing people with miniature Roman holidays. Being able to see celebrities at their absolute worst gives us a perverse feeling of satisfaction. I'll never understand the allure of boxing, watching two people beat each other half to death like we're on some sort of Roman holiday.
See also: holiday, roman

when in Rome do as the Romans do

Follow local custom, as in Kate said they'd all be wearing shorts or blue jeans to the outdoor wedding, so when in Rome-we'll do the same . This advice allegedly was Saint Ambrose's answer to Saint Augustine when asked whether they should fast on Saturday as Romans did, or not, as in Milan. It appeared in English by about 1530 and remains so well known that it is often shortened, as in the example.
See also: Roman, Rome

a Roman holiday

an occasion on which enjoyment or profit is derived from the suffering or discomfort of others.
This expression comes from the poet Byron's description of the dying gladiator in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage as having been ‘butchered to make a Roman holiday’.
See also: holiday, roman
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Chapter 6 contains the last part of the poem, in which Romanes reflects openly on the question of natural selection and the ubiquitous suffering in the evolutionary process.
And, occasionally, Pleins downplays the importance of the shocking nature of some of the doubts Romanes expresses in his Memorial Poem.
Il y en a eu recemment en France deux autres, dans le meme domaine de la philologie romane, sous la forme de deux publications.
D'une part, autour de ma chaire du College de France s'est constitue il y a quelques annees un petit groupe de recherche sur l'histoire de la philologie romane, reunissant quelques savants qui se sont illustres dans ce domaine : d'abord Ursula Bahler, Alain Corbellari, Charles Ridoux, auxquels se sont jointes un peu plus tard Patrizia Gasparini et Elena Mochonkina.
1995; Romanes 1964), while the greater part of the tendon attaches directly into the ischial tuberosity.
Romanes GJ (1964): Cunningham's textbook of anatomy.
II s'agira avant tout de presenter les manifestations de cette tendance dans certaines langues romanes et non romanes.
On verrait le progres de sa vitalite atteint par les langues romanes.
But a week before she died, Romanes endorsed a new will in which she left pounds 3million to "secure the future prospects of the company".
DISPUTE: Iain Romanes is at centre of row over house above
Plm Consultancy is acting as Procurement Agent on behalf of The Helena Romanes School & Sixth Form Centre, Dunmow, Essex to award a contract for Cleaning Service at it~s site situated in North West Essex.
Total quantity or scope: The estimated amount of nights Nights Romanes 2014 Lot 1 is 37.
Dupa inceputurile unei literaturi bisericesti romane in secolul al XVI-lea si al XVI-lea, ce provine in mare parte din incercarile de a protestantiza pe romanii din Transilvania, servicii inseminate au fost aduse in mai multe ramuri ale teologiei de romanii uniti din Transilvania si Ungaria si clerul ortodox ce se va cultiva in institutele pedagogice in unul dintre cele trei eparhii (3).
Un moment important pentru istoriografia relatiilor intre Biserica Ortodoxa si Biserica greco-catolica il reprezinta consecintele proclamarii autocefaliei Bisericii Ortodoxe Romane la 3 decembrie 1864 (17), insa formal recunoscuta de o autoritate din afara abia pe 25 aprilie 1885.
PALABRAS CLAVES: Romane, gitanos, lengua gitana, gitanos en Chile, vitalidad cultural.