. . . until someone loses an eye!
Such was the phrase that kept running through my head while I was wrestling with the boys after school today. They both got in plenty of shots against me and I deflected all but one of them. My #2 son connected with a left hook to a very vulnerable region, right between the legs. Ugh! I’m still feeling the ensuing stomach pain from that one. As I recuperated, I continued to wonder about the origins of the “fun and games” saying, and found this snippet at The Phrase Finder.
The term, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, “No eye gouging.” Everything else was allowed. The only way to be disqualified was to poke someone’s eye out.
So there you have it . . . even ancient Roman wrestlers had a code of conduct. Looks like I need to educate my boys about that code!