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Disecting the Word "Diva"

Disecting the Word "Diva"

As I watched Paula Abdul, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, and Miley Cyrus perform on VH1's Diva show last night I kept thinking: what exactly is a diva?

So I looked it up in the dictionary and found a variety of definitions. I discovered that the word "diva" is derived from the Italian word for a female deity, or goddess. It's also the word for a female opera singer. And here are some of the more commonly used definitions I found:


  • an admired, glamorous, or distinguished woman
  • a haughty, spoiled woman

It seems to qualify as a diva you have to have some special mix of talent and eccentricity. Do you consider yourself a diva?

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