MEANING: noun: A photographer who follows famous people to take their pictures for publication.

ETYMOLOGY: From Paparazzo, the name of a photographer in Federico Fellini’s 1959 film La Dolce Vita. Fellini got the name via scriptwriter Ennio Flaiano who picked it from the 1901 travel book By the Ionian Sea. The book mentions a hotel owner named Coriolano Paparazzo. Fellini claimed at another time that the name Paparazzo suggested to him “a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging”. Earliest documented use: 1961.

PAMPARAZZO - photographer for National Geographic; working out of Buenos Aires, and renowned for his pictures of llamas and other Andean wildlife

POPARAZZO - takes clandestine pictures, exclusively at the Vatican

MAPARAZZI - my parents run the photography business together