Thursday, June 17, 2010

What Took So Long?

Or this video could as easily be titled "Fiddling While Rome Burns."

Idiom: (1) To spend time enjoying yourself or doing things that are not important when you should be dealing with a serious problem.
(2) Occupy oneself with unimportant matters and neglect important ones during a crisis. For example, The account was falling through, but he was more worried about missing his golf game—talk about fiddling while Rome burns!

Usage Note: This expression alludes to the legend that the Emperor Nero played his fiddle while watching the conflagration of Rome. [Mid-1600s]

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