We’ve all heard them, a bizarre word that’s half one word half another but manages to capture the meaning of both. Today we learn the proper name to call them – a portmanteau. These little gems sprung from the need to convey an awkward word grouping in a simpler way. Now they are used everywhere, you can find them in brand names, technology terms, and conversation. What do you call that meal that’s too late for breakfast and not quite lunch? Brunch. That’s a portmanteau. Let’s explore some popular examples, it’s up to you to figure out what words they are made of.
Want more? Wikipedia has a huge comprehensive article on the definition, origins, and linguistics of the portmanteau as well as an all inclusive list of all known examples.
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