celebutard

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of celebrity,‎ debutante, and retard.[1][2] The first documented usage of the term was in a story about Paris Hilton published in the New York Post on 21 January 2006 ("Paris With a P"), which was followed by the second documented usage of the term in another story about Hilton published in the same paper five days later ("Unedited Paris Not Cute at All").

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /səˈlɛbjutɑɹd/, /səˈlɛbjətɑɹd/

Noun[edit]

celebutard (plural celebutards)

  1. (informal, pejorative, offensive, slang) A celebrity viewed as unintelligent; especially a celebrity who behaves badly in public.
    • 2007, Clayton Neuman, “The Time 100 – Are They Worthy?” in Time, 17 April
      Paris Hilton … helped coin the buzzword celebutard, a cross between celebrity and retard. From her sex tapes to having her belongings auctioned on the Web, she seems to totter from one embarrassing moment to another.
    • 2009, Andrea Peyser, “Celebutards: A Pox on All the Celebs and Politicians Gone Wild” in New York Post, 25 January
      [A]t some point between the moment a movie script wanders into the hands of a world-class celebutard such as George Clooney, and the words travel through lilting vocal chords and land on unsuspecting ears, something terrible occurs.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "New insults for English language", BBC News, 1 October 2006
  2. ^ Ben MacIntyre, The Last Word: Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue, Bloomsbury (2010), ISBN 9781408804353, page 48