Wednesday, November 19, 2008
New Word in People Magazine - Docureality
The November 24 issue of People includes a review of the VH1 show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Interestingly, the review labels the show a docureality series. I have heard of documentaries but never a docureality. When looking into the word docureality, I was unable to find any definitions, though there were numerous references to the term in relation to different television programs. The majority of these references spelled the word as docu-reality with a hyphen or as docu reality with a space (I wonder how People magazine decided to use the docureality spelling). Regardless of the spelling, I think the word docureality is a poorly constructed portmanteau word. A documentary is considered to be a factual movie or television program and as a factual movie or television program is based on reality combining documentary and reality is redundant.