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celebudog. 1. The dogcessory of a famous owner.

This usage was reported in the Fall 2008 issue of American Speech as a part of a larger study of the combining form, "celebu-".reference 1

Here we see London,reference 2 the canine companion of Britney Spears, arriving at the Beverly Hills Petco.reference 3

1. Barnhart, David. 2008. Celebu- Word List: An Interesting Foray into Calculating Relevance. American Speech 83 (3):327.

2. And, while we are on the subject, why do you think she named the dog London? I confess that it makes me think of a playground chant from my youth: I see London, I see France, I see Britney's…

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2. A dog with her/his own celebrity status.

David Barnhart, who collected the celebu- word list, provided quotations from Nexis. However, he was less clear on what the term means. Almost all of the hits on Google and Search Live were about the dogs of famous owners, though the category was sometimes ambiguous. The New York Post referred to Leona Helmsley's $12 million heir, Trouble, as a celebudog.reference 4 With Helmsley deceased, is Trouble's celebrity derivative or her own?

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On the other hand, there are dogs out there who have their own careers, whether as show dogs, actors, or models. Asta and Lassie, for instance, could clearly be considered celebudogs in their own right.

3. Who Let the Dog Out? 2008. INF Daily. Nov 18. Accessed Nov 30, 2008 from http:// infdaily.celebuzz.com/ 2007/11/ who-let-the-dog-out.html.

 

4. Calabrese, Erin. 2007. Don't Look Now but Here Comes...Trouble. New York Post, Dec 6. Accessed Nov 30, 2008 2007 from http:// secure.nypost.com/ seven/ 12062007/ news/ nationalnews/ dont_look_ now__but_ here_comes_______ 288645.htm.

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About the illustrations: Figure 1 shows Ms. Spears alighting from her vehicle at Petco on Saturday November 17, 2008. © INF Daily. Used without permission.

Figure 2 shows Trouble, no doubt in the hands of her personal security detail. Note the protective shield of the bodyguard who is clearly determined to foil what the Post describe as the "pup-arazzo."reference 5

Figure 3 is of Mickey in his debut as a model. Used by permission of flickr's gina64.

5. Martinez, Bobby. 2007. Protective Custody. New York Post, Dec 6. Accessed Nov 30, 2008 2007 from http:// secure.nypost.com/ seven/ 12062007/ news/ nationalnews/ dont_look_ now__but_ here_comes_______ 288645.htm.

see also: dogcessory; lap dog Last updated: December 6, 2008
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