Literally: pack of puppies
- When the word paparazzi was first introduced to Hong Kong, it was frequently rendered as puppy because the word puppy was easier to pronounce. Additionally, puppies follow people around in a similar way to the paparazzi. Later on, the Cantonese word for puppy (狗仔, jyutping: gau2 zai2) was substituted for the English word. Still later, 隊 ("pack", jyutping: deoi6*2) was added. From Hong Kong, the term eventually spread in popularity to other Chinese speaking areas, such as PRC and Taiwan, where the Mandarin pronunciation of the characters is used.
CantoneseEditLast modified on 18 October 2012, at 12:08