TV Words

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Dec 11 18:41:53 UTC 2006

On 12/11/06, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
> I believe the "TV words" of interest in this conversation a few days ago were
> mostly spoken (and thence popularized) by fictional characters on television
> shows.  But "non-fiction" TV has also contributed to the general lexicon, either
> coining or popularizing words.
> I'm thinking of "bridezilla," which I have heard several times recently in reference
> to specific young women who were in the (cantankerous) process of getting
> hitched; a graduate student of mine even referred to herself by that appellation.

There are cites on wedding newsgroups back to Mar. 1996:

-----, "We Want A Smoke-free wedding", Mar 26 1996
I can see why so many bridal consultants use the term "Bridezilla" to
synopsize the feeling of "It's my wedding and I want everything MY

> I expect there are other suffixed "-zilla" words?

"Tenser, said the Tensor" lists several:

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society -

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