(n.): 1. (a) A topic or matter which does not reasonably need further public examination or discussion, yet is still discussed and examined as if it is a controversy or a travesty; (b) an action or attempted action inspired by such a contrivance. (origin: old Venetian 'schiavo'--slave; later became 'ciao'; possible link to 'shameful')
(a) The growing coverage of celebrity court appearances in informational news plants schiavos in the once-healthy garden of relevant facts and events. (b) When blogs produced by disgruntled hardliners surround interviews and findings with inflammatory rhetoric, a mass schiavo can sometimes result.
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