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    FAMOUS PEOPLE vs. CELEBRITIES

    Hello! How is it going?


    If I say celebrities, Am I meaning "Famous people"?

    I have always heard the word "celebrities", but I don´t know if
    I can use the adjective "famous" with the noun "people"
    to mean that, I mean "celebrities". Can I?

    Thanks a lot!

    Jesús

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    Re: FAMOUS PEOPLE vs. CELEBRITIES

    Yes, and no. For example, the president of a country may be a famous person but not a celebrity.

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    Re: FAMOUS PEOPLE vs. CELEBRITIES

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Yes, and no. For example, the president of a country may be a famous person but not a celebrity.

    Thanks, Casiopea!

    But I am not sure if I understood. Then, Is Michael Jackson, for
    instance, a famous person and a celebrity as well?

    And what about someone who gets ahead,becomes famous by cheating for instance? Is he a celebrity in an ironical sense?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: FAMOUS PEOPLE vs. CELEBRITIES

    Michael Jackson is a famous person and a celebrity. (ahem, some would consider him infamous.)

    The word celebrity comes from celebrate, which has a positive meaning. Meaning, however, can be subjective, so, for example, a criminal who receives a great deal of media attention might consider himself/herself a celebrity.

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