July 9, 2007

I keep seeing Paris Hilton described as a ‘celebutante’ – even Channel 4 news jumped on the bandwagon. Now, I love a good portmanteau word as much as anyone; from ‘ginormous’ to ‘mockumentary’, there’s something immensely satisfying about the steaming wreckage caused by two words colliding at speed. But ‘celebutante’ doesn’t really do it for me – ‘celebrity’ and ‘debutante’ don’t so much collide as dribble weakly towards each other, coalescing into something as uninspiring as Ms Hilton herself.

The Observer magazine came up with a much better label for the world’s favourite jailbird: ‘heir head’.

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