Celebuzz’d 26: Why Do We Use Such Weird Words When We Talk About Celebrities?

Let’s just face it: Taylor Swift didn’t make a conscious decision to “step out” after she and Tom Hiddleston broke up. She just, you know, went outside.

Tabloids and celebrity news outlets, our site included, have a tendency to describe the things that celebrities do by using phrases that we would never use to explain our own day-to-day activities. Imagine an article documenting the first photos of a public outing of a pregnant famous woman. The headline probably reads something like “[Celebrity Mom Name] Steps Out with Her Baby Bump in New York City,” as if she had a choice whether to take her body part with her or not.

Then there’s couple news. First, two celebrities “spotted” existing within a five-foot radius of each other are automatically a rumored couple. Then the breakup comes and they “break their social media silence” (with a sledgehammer?) or appear to be “all smiles” (like the Cheshire cat?) while making their way to a pilates class.

When did the way that we write about celebrities become associated with such a specific set of vocabulary that transforms our favorite artists and actors into fictional figures of a Calabasas soap opera? Has it always been present since the era of print tabloids and, if so, have we manipulated it to reflect our fast-paced social media lingo?

This week on Celebuzz’d, three of Celebuzz’s editors gather around to discuss the nature this vernacular, which phrases really don’t make sense when you really consider their meaning, and the instances when we should be more cautious in discussing real people’s lives.

Listen to our discussion in the SoundCloud player below.

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