paparazza

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian paparazzo to reflect feminine gender (both actual and grammatical), as is morphologically standard in Italian.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

paparazza

  1. A female paparazzo.
    • 1981: Francine du Plessix Gray, World Without End: A Novel, page 149{1} & 150{2} (Simon and Schuster; ISBN 0671427865, 9780671427863)
      {1} This Sophie he often talks to her about, who helps support her old sick parents so nobly and has just won a big prize for her writing, how did she go about finding herself as a paparazza?
      {2} [] she might eventually interview Henry Miller there; she could begin her career as a paparazza that way…
    • 1991: Barry Brummett, Rhetorical Dimensions of Popular Culture, page 122 (University of Alabama Press; ISBN 0817305165, 9780817305161)
      Eventually the harried waitress turns paparazza and drives them out with flashbulbs.
    • 1992: Judith Gould, Forever, page 208 (Dutton; ISBN 0525934952, 9780525934950)
      “Keeping her away from us will only rouse her interest all the more,” Zarah stated flatly. “Especially if she turns out to be a journalist or a paparazza. Worse yet, who knows? She could even be a spy working for our competitors.”
    • 1996 (Jun.): Judy Collins, Shameless: A Novel, page 116 (Pocket Star Books; ISBN 0671892347, 9780671892340)
      “How’s my favorite paparazza?” Stan said, grabbing me around the waist in an embrace that threatened to squash my cameras between us.
    • 1996 (Dec.): Kevin J. H. Dettmar and Stephen Watt, Marketing Modernisms: Self-promotion, Canonization, Rereading, page 146 (University of Michigan Press)
      Thus at the moment when Joyce is most transparent, when he is most evidently the modernist alienated artist as flâneur, he is also most the star, the object of the paparazza’s intrusive camera.
    • 1998: Kai Maristed, Belong to Me: Stories, page 67 (Random House; ISBN 0679444106, 9780679444107)
      “Have we a delegate of the press? La paparazza, in hot pursuit? Or ambush … Oh, my dear girl, nasty scratch.”
    • 2003: Matthew Lee, Predatory Bender: America in the Aughts, a Story of Subprime Finance — with a non-fiction advocates’ afterword, page 199 (Inner City Press; ISBN 0974024414, 9780974024417)
      Bain wouldn’t return her calls but she knew where he worked. She was not a paparazza but stories were made, not given. Even dead stories could be used to dig around.
    • 2004: Alison Jolly, Lords and Lemurs: Mad Scientists, Kings with Spears, and the Survival of Diversity in Madagascar, page 255 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; ISBN 0618367519, 978-0618367511)
      “When did your brother die?”
      “A month ago.” Well, that explained Valiotaky’s appearance. It was taboo for him to wash his clothes or shave until his brother was buried. But even with the backing of Tsiaketraky, the Father-and-Mother, I was troubled. Was I really going to be a horrible paparazza, intruding on a family of strangers in their mourning?
    • 2005: Roz Bailey, Girls’ Night Out, page 23 (Kensington Publishing Corporation; ISBN 0758201990, 9780758201997)
      “I think that would be paparazza,” Maggie corrected. “Singular, feminine. But you say that as if it’s a religious cult or something.”
    • 2006: Robert Eversz, Zero to the Bone: A Nina Zero Novel, page 171 (Simon & Schuster; ISBN 0743250176, 9780743250177)
      I know, I’m only a paparazza scum, but the newspaper’s lawyers insist I’m paparazza scum with constitutional rights []
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