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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2013-06-17 11:13:26

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

camo << cameo

A number of web writers render “cameo,” the word for a small, sometimes hidden/undocumented, appearance in a media event (think about the surreptitious walk-ons of the director Alfred Hitchcock in his own movies), as “camo,” a popular nickname for a fabric with camouflage coloration. Could they be importing the meaning of the latter into the former? Cameo appearances can be camouflaged appearances.

Movie description: “Jack Riley recorded a camo appearance for the episode “Days of Whine and Neuroses” as his Bob Newhart character Elliot Karlin”

Comment on YouTube video: “And even Makaio makes a camo appearance

Description of TV episode: “Wolfgang Puck has a camo role as a celebrity judge in a cooking competition”

Soccer site: “get phil wallace in as a camo role, sitting in the crowd cheering”

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#2 2013-06-18 20:38:55

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: camo << cameo

Although camo role could be a typo, here’s a hit that seems to support your interpreation.

Interesting Cameo Appearance: A nice camouflaged role by Barry Pepper
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