This word for a freelance photographer who pursues celebrities is first attested in English in 1966. It comes from Paparazzo, the surname of the photographer played by Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's 1960 film _La Dolce Vita_. Fellini got the name "Paparazzo" from the name of a hotelkeeper in George Gissing's 1901 novel _By the Ionian Sea_. _Paparazzo_ could be analysed in Italian as _papa_="pope" + _razzo_="rocket"; according to Jesse Sheidlower, _paparazzo_ means "a buzzing insect" in dialectal Italian. Webster's New World College Dictionary derives _paparazzo_ from French _paperassier_="a scribbler, rummager in old papers".
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