TV Words

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Dec 11 19:12:36 UTC 2006

On 12/11/06, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
> On 12/11/06, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
> > 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:

And cites in the newspaper databases from June 1995:

Boston Globe, June 29, 1995, p. 65 (Nexis/Factiva)
She also cautions brides-to-be about turning into Bridezilla, the name
wedding consultants bestow on brides who are particularly difficult
and obnoxious.

--Ben Zimmer

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