Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Portmanteaus

Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Portmanteaus

By Simonbook - 17 Sep 2015 in Geeky 388

Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Portmanteaus

Don’t know what a portmanteau is? If you have heard of the words brunch, blog and pixel, then yes, you know portmanteaus (just not what they are). Portmanteaus, in the literary sense is a word that is created by merging two different words (and their meanings) to form a new word e.g. breakfast and lunch to make brunch, web and blog to make (weblog which eventually became just) blog, and picture and element to make pixel.

email = electronic + mail
emoticon = emotions + icons
alphanumeric = alphabetic + numeric
favicon = favorite + icon
phablet = phone + tablet
netizen = Internet + citizen
podcast = iPod + broadcast
freeware = free + software
malware = malicious + software
webisode = web + episode
Wifi = wireless + fidelity
mobisode = mobile + episode
webinar = web + seminar
netiquette = Internet + etiquette
wikipedia = wiki + encyclopedia
Yelp = Yellow pages + help
smog = smoke and fog
breathalyzer = breath + analyzer
frankenfood = frankenstein + food
bromance = brother + romance
shopaholic = shop + alcoholic
romcom = romance + comedy
brunch = breakfast + lunch
frenemy = friend + enemy
ginormous = gigantic + enormous
chillax = chill + relax
bollywood = bombay + hollywood
mock = mock + documentary
sitcom = situational + comedy
clasp = clutch + grasp
splatter = splash + spatter
electrocute = electric + execute
biopic = biography + picture
avionics = aviation + electronics
Velcro = velvet + crochet (small hook in french)
metrosexual = metropolitan + heterosexual
cyborg = cybernetic + organism
Spam = spiced + ham
snark = snide + remark
taxicab = taximeter (tax) + cabriolet (carriage)

My spell checker hated everything in this article.

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