15 October 2009

Cartoon : Having a Field Day

Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies of The Record (New Jersey) published on 3 October 2009.

Background info : This cartoon concerns the story of David Letterman, a television host and comedian on a late night television talk show. Mr. Letterman was recently forced, due to an extortion attempt (see yesterday’s post for definition), to admit publically on his television show that he had sexual relations with some of his female employees. During the Clinton presidency, Letterman was known to make jokes about the former president’s sexual affaires. Now, it appears that the shoe is on the other foot.

To have a field day - A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity, as in The press had a field day with this sensational murder trial. This colloquial expression, dating from the 1700s, originally referred to a day set aside for military maneuvers and exercises, and later was extended to a similar day for sports and games. Since the early 1800s it has been used more loosely. (Answers.com)

To learn more: http://www.newsy.com/videos/late_show_s_special_episode (transcript of video can be found at this link)

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