Monday, February 15, 2016

P is for Portmanteau

noun  port·man·teau

a word whose form and meaning are derived from blending
two or more words to create a new word. 

  • smog (smoke & fog)
  • frappuccino (frappe & cappuccino)
  • chillax (chill & relax)
  • labrodoodle (labrador & poodle)
  • carjack (car & hijack)
  • brunch (breakfast & lunch)
  • ginormous (gigantic & enormous)
  • staycation (stay & vacation)
  • snark (snide & remark)
  • sitcom (situation & comedy)
  • spork (spoon & fork)

The Origin of the Word Portmanteau 

The following information is found here:

"The term portmanteau was first used by Humpty Dumpty in 
Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass:
“Well, ‘slithy’ means “lithe and slimy” and ‘mimsy’ is 
“flimsy and miserable”. You see it's like a portmanteau—
there are two meanings packed up into one word.”
Interestingly, the word portmanteau itself is also a 
blend of two different words: porter (to carry) and manteau (a cloak).
Portmanteau words are extremely popular in modern-day 
English and new word combinations are regularly popping up. 
Below you will find 101 examples of portmanteau."
The above link provides a list of 86 such portmanteau examples. 

Blogging Through the Alphabet here and here.

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