Celebrities are known for having larger-than-life personalities. They often inspire trends, but sometimes they are credited with creating entire words.
Keep reading to learn 11 words (and acronyms) that were coined by celebrities, from “smize” to “amazeballs.” It’s worth noting that there is no way to know if these celebrities invented many of these words – in some cases we know they didn’t – but they certainly made them famous.
Tyra Banks coined a plethora of words, but “smize” has the most staying power
Over the course of the 20 plus seasons of her show “America’s Next Top Model,” Tyra Banks invented a handful of words ranging from “flawsome” (embracing and loving your flaws) to “drekitude” (wack, disgusting, wrong).
But the most ubiquitous Tyra-ism is “smize,” meaning “to smile with your eyes.”
In fact, the word (and phenomenon) became so popular that Banks released an app to help smartphone users master the art of smizing.
We have Beyoncé to thank for the word “bootylicious”
Meaning “sexually attractive,” this compound word is so widespread that it made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
“Swiftmas” refers to Taylor Swift’s annual tradition of sending holiday gifts to her fans
In an effort to take her personal brand to the next level, the singer applied to trademark “Swiftmas” (as well as phrases related to her albums) in 2015.
“GTL” was invented on “Jersey Shore”
This acronym, which stands for “gym, tan, laundry,” comes from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Although it was popularised by cast member Pauly D, it turns out that the phrase was actually invented by series producer SallyAnn Salsano.
“We started summarizing the day’s shoots on whiteboards and just started writing GTL for short, and Pauly was in front of the camera like, ‘GTL? What’s that?”’ Salsano said in an interview with Complex.
And “Laguna Beach” gave us the word “dunzo”
Meaning “done” or “finished,” “dunzo” originated on another MTV series, “Laguna Beach.”
It became so popular that it even entered the notably colourful lexicon of Tom Haverford on “Parks and Rec.”
Rachael Ray is famous for “EVOO”
Anyone even remotely familiar with Rachael Ray knows that the TV cooking personality loves extra virgin olive oil, which she refers to as “EVOO” for short.
We have Vine star Kayla Newman to thank for “fleek”
“Fleek” comes from the phrase “on fleek,” which was coined in 2014 by viral Vine star Kayla Newman(better known by her username, Peaches Monroee).
It’s typically used to refer to well-groomed eyebrows, but can be applied to anything from hair/makeup to memes.
“Clapback” comes from Ja Rule’s titular diss track
Although it’s commonly used as a noun, it stems from the verb “clap back,” the name of rapper Ja Rule’s 2003 diss track.
Thanks to Drake, “YOLO” became a phenomenon
Legendary 20th-century actress Mae West is known for the quote, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Stephen Colbert invented “truthiness” before the “fake news” era
“We’re not talking about the truth; we’re talking about something that seems like truth – the truth we want to exist,” he said, referring to George W. Bush.
Perez Hilton coined “amazeballs.”
There’s no denying the pervasiveness of the word “amazeballs.” Coined by Perez Hilton, it refers to something that’s “extremely good, impressive, or enjoyable.”
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