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  • n. A monument made of flowers in cellophane wrappers laid by the public to honour the death of a famous person they have never met.


Blend of cellophane and cenotaph. (Wiktionary)


  • It is almost exactly a decade since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, transformed the country into what Private Eye would call a ‘cellotaph’: grottos everywhere, great and small, full of cellophane-wrapped bunches of flowers, teddy bears, candles, the scenes of unrestrained emotion and group trauma the like of which had never been seen before.

    The great royal fightback


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