Portmanteaus? What the…

Spork

I really enjoy grammar and words. I’ve even been known to make up a few here and there just because it’s fun. However, I just found out that there is a technical term for made-up, blended works of verbal expression.  Blended words, according to Grammar Girl, are called Portmanteaus words. You know, things like Brangelina (Brad and Angelina), Spork (spoon and fork) and smog (smoke and fog). So, if you’re a word nerd as I am, visit this “Quick and Dirty” Tips for Writing and Grammar site. You can find all kinds of great information on spicing up your writing and getting your grammar correct!

One of my favorite (self-coined) Portmanteaus words was born at a charity Scrabble event. Your team got extra points if you made up a word and had a good, colorful definition. There was wine involved, but our word got a great reaction. We came up with “Spontanakedy” which obviously means: The art of spontaneous disrobing.”

What are your favorite Portmanteaus words, and have you ever coined one?

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6 comments

  1. Judith Robinson

    Froach an egg — you break it into hot fat, splash hot water on top, plus a pan lid and hey presto you have an egg fried on the bottom and poached on the top. My own invention.

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