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portmanteau word

A word that is formed by combining syllables from several other words. Each part of the portmanteau word typically retains its original meaning; in combination, then, they give the portmanteau word its unique meaning. For instance, a "dramedy" (a work that is both dramatic and funny) is a portmanteau word combining "drama" and "comedy." Did you know that "brunch" is just a portmanteau word created from "breakfast" and "lunch"? It seems like every famous couple in Hollywood has a portmanteau word that combines their two names.
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If we look at the portmanteau words in the Cosmogonie we will see that they vary considerably in their construction.
But in the Cosmogonie the context itself is patently composed of portmanteau words and puns.
Laure Hesbois has looked further into the construction of the portmanteau word, distinguishing between the mot-gigogne, formed by overlapping, and the mot-sandwich, in which part of one word is inserted between the syllables of the other (Hesbois 101).
The portmanteau word is not a single or even a dual phenomenon.
So far it has been implied that the portmanteau word is always the sum of two components.
In his essay on the portmanteau word in Finnegans Wake, Derek Attridge claims that there is no method for deciding at what point the connections between the new word and its possible components become too slight to be relevant (Attridge 149).
Colourful portmanteau words are cleverly imitated, as in 'phosfreezing' for Corra's 'fosfreddissimo' (pp.
Lewis Carroll introduced portmanteau words in Through the Looking Glass; he says slithy means lithe and slimy, mimsy is flimsy and miserable, etc.
Eric Harshbarger comments on portmanteau words (invented by Lewis Carroll) for celebrities like "Bennifer" for Ben Affieck and Jennifer Lopez.
Perhaps the earliest ones are the coinages of Lewis Carroll, who created both portmanteau words like slithy (lithe + slimy) and utter nonsense such as "did gyre and gimble in the wabe".