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Celebrities Falling Out of Favor

Bill Cosby is perhaps the latest but certainly not the first celebrity whom the public has fallen out of love with over something terrible they did that went public. Is there a term for this kind of mass disenchantment with a celebrity? This is part...

Odd Couples Word Puzzle

Quiz Guy Greg Pliska addles our brains with a puzzle called Odd Couples. See if you can figure out these strange celebrity pairings who share last names. “Anyone? Bueller, Bueller, Bueller” and “Bueller is Bueller is...

The Birds and the Bees

Hi, ho! Lots of “Behind The Scenes” news from “A Way with Words” this week, but first: In this week’s episode, we discuss “burrito babies” and other college slang. Also, “overegging the pudding,”...

obitutainment

obitutainment  n.— «It may say that people are avidly interested in “obitutainment,” a term for celebrity death news coined in the Kurt Anderson novel “Turn of the Century” and reprised by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” last week...

polebrity

polebrity  n.— «Pretty soon, we will all probably start to complain that Obama is a man of straw, a media creation, a triumph of style over substance; more a celebrity than a politician—a “polebrity” to use the latest ugly...

pap

pap  v.— «When you see paparazzi pictures in the paper, it is impossible to know how traumatic being “papped” can be until you have been through it yourself.» —“Play by the PR rules” by Katie...