of the words "celebutante
" (itself a conflation of the words "celebrity" and "débutante") and "retard
The word is practically synonymous with Paris Hilton
but does not, in my humble
opinion, cover superficially similar inviduals like Lindsey
Lohan or indeed any other
visibly stupid and annoying celebrity. I realise I am going against the tide here but what humour there is to be derived from
the use of the word "celebutard" is intimately connected to it's development from
the word "celebutante" and not it's more apparent
relationship to the words "celebrity" and "retard".
not have been coined if "celebutante" had not existed first, the former is a play
on the latter as far as I am concerned. How else
to explain the connecting "-u-" when any other
vowel (or none at all e.g "celebritard") would
have done just as well? There is no "u" in either "celebrity" or "retard", there is a "u" however, in "celebutante".
It follows that
someone like Hilton
could be described
as a "celebutard" since
she is all three things, an erstwhile débutante, a celebrity and... ahem. Lindsey
Lohan, on the other
hand, doesn't actually fit that
deb-y, upper-class "It girl
" bracket. I guess people find it funny to describe her as a "celebutard" where they
wouldn't have described her as a "celebutante" but for me, it's a pretty weak gag.
Whatever, I feel like King
Canute on this
one but I had to go on the record.