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Bridezilla

Bridezilla is an American term that was first used in the 1990s. We can even pinpoint the first use of the term bridezilla, along with the person who coined the word. Bridezilla is a portmanteau, which is a word that is composed by blending the sounds and the meaning of two different words. In this case, bridezilla blends the word bride with the word Godzilla to create a term that describes a woman who plans her wedding without regard to others, a woman who is demanding and difficult to please while planning her wedding. Bridezillas have an unreasonable expectation of happiness while planning their weddings. The term bridezilla carries the unspoken connotation of the destruction and suffering that the fictitious monster Godzilla created in its wake. The term bridezilla was first used by Diane White in an article called  “Tacky Trips Down the Aisle,” published by the Boston Globe newspaper in 1995. In the article, White describes bridezillas as women who “lose sight of the solemnity of the wedding”. The subject of bridezillas has spawned numerous articles, books and television shows. The word bridezilla was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011, only sixteen years after its first use.


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Yes, bridezillas really DO exist – and if proof is what you are after, then sit down, pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy this rather unbelievable story about a bride, her doting bridesmaids and one very expensive designer wedding dress… (Cosmopolitan Magazine)

Stories of punch-ups, hissy-fits over the colour scheme and tantrums in general – you name it, if a bridezilla is capable of it, then according to this Reddit thread , then so is the groom. (The Mirror)

By then, as bridezilla became a household term thanks to shows like, you guessed it, Bridezillas, brides had a little more self-awareness and humor. (Glamour Magazine)

 

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