Today I Learned that the word “Scaramouche” from Queen’s song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a stock clown character from the commedia dell’arte (comic theatrical arts of Italian literature.) The role combines characteristics of the zanni (servant) and the capitano (masked henchmen). Usually attired in black Spanish dress he was often beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.

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