Celebrity

This comes from The Vocabula Review as an example of Disagreeable English. I can’t disagree … it’s disagreeable.

celebrity

As the most popular books are sometimes the least worthy of being read, so the most public people are sometimes the least worthy of being known. If we must acknowledge these creatures — these celebrities — let us better understand them for who they are. All dictionary definitions of celebrity should include 1. a mediocrity; a vulgarian; a coxcomb. 2. a scantly talented person who through shameless self-aggrandizement and utter inanity becomes widely known. 3. a repellent person.

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