14. Portmanteau words

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 27 日 in Logology
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Portmanteau words are words formed by blending the sounds and meanings of two other words, such as motel (motor + hotel), smog (smoke + fog), and brunch (breakfast + lunch).

  1. anecdotage = anecdote + dotage (advanced age that is accompanied by a tendency to reminisce and tell anecdotes)

  2. bacne = back + acne (zits on one’s back)

  3. bromance = bro + romance (a close but nonsexual relationship between men)

  4. cellopane = cell + pain (an annoyingly loud cell phone user)

  5. chatterati = chatter + -ati (talking heads, pundits, columnists, and talk show hosts collectively)

  6. fauxpology = faux + apology (an apology that expresses no responsibility for the desirable outcome)

  7. frankenfood = Frankenstein + food (genetically altered food)

  8. frenemy = friend + enemy (someone who pretends to be a friend but is really an enemy)

  9. gerrymander = Elbridge Gerry + salamander (to divide an area into political units in such a way as to advantage a political party)

  10. jumbrella = jumbo + umbrella (large umbrella over an outside table at a cafe)

  11. lolmate = LOL + soulmate (a person with whom one shares funny e-mails)

  12. ninjury = ninja + injury (an injury of unknown or mysterious origin)

  13. procrasturbate = procrastinate + masturbate (to waste time by masturbating)

  14. prostitot = prostitute + tot (a young girl whose makeup and style of dress make her look like a prostitute)

  15. sexiled = sex + exiled (to be unable to go into one’s room, dorm, or apartment because one’s roommate needs privacy for sex)

  16. stalkumentary = stalk + documentary (a documentary produced by stalking a person)

Exercise 1: Please explain how the following portmanteau words result.

  1. Brangelina

  2. twirl

  3. telethon

  4. flop

  5. flurry

  6. smash

  7. intercom

  8. docudrama

  9. webinar

  10. camcorder

  11. Oxbridge

  12. chunnel

  13. sexploitation

  14. fanzine

  15. informercial

  16. mocumentary

  17. mockney

  18. many

  19. mankini

  20. smirting

  21. televangeilst

Exercise 2: Please coin two portmanteau words of your own.

 

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