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August 25, 2004

paparazzi

paparazzi

I don't know about you, but I have trouble remembering how to spell this word.

I know there's at least one double letter, but which one?

Or are there two?

Tonight, reading the new (September) Wired magazine, I came across an article reviewing the batch of new, relatively inexpensive ($300-$500) 5-megapixel cameras.

[By the way, the $300 Casio QV-R51 won the review shoot-off, with the $500 Canon Powershot S500 coming in dead last. But I digress.]

The story was headlined "Paparazzi Pals."

And the penny dropped.

Because what other association can anyone have with a double z than ZZ Top?

And so, when you try to remember how to spell paparazzi, from now on all you have to do is imagine them trying to get a candid shot of... ZZ Top.

zztop94g

Two z's, two Z's, and Bob's your uncle.

Now, to find a mnemonic for Cincinnati, another word that's been driving me nuts forever.

FunFact: Giuseppe Paparazzo, the celebrity-chasing photographer in Fellini's epic 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," was the actual name of one of the photographers for the gossip columnists of Via Veneto.

Fellini thus knew the name and used it for his character, coining the nickname for the whole category.

August 25, 2004 at 10:41 PM | Permalink


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