Portmanteau word = a blend

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A portmanteau word is a linguistic blend of words.

This technique was seen in Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem.

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For example: slithy is a combination of lithe (supple, agile) and slithery (a slimy, sliding action).

The technique of blending words is frequently seen today with the increase in text messaging and twitter word counts — sometimes for efficiency, sometimes for the comedic result.

Some examples of portmanteau words are:

cockapoo = Cocker Spaniel + Poodle

smog = smoke + fog

spork = spoon + fork

vlog = video blog

Today’s Assignment:

Create a list of at least 10 portmanteau words.

Show the two words that inspired them.