Pre-Madonna or Prima-Donna : Common Errors in English

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Pre-Madonna or Prima-Donna :

The leading soprano in an opera is the prima donna (Italian for “leading lady").

As an insult, “prima donna" implies that the person under discussion is egotistical, demanding, and doesn’t work well as part of a team.

Don’t write “pre-Madonna" unless you intend to discuss the era before the singer Madonna became popular.

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