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).
I was so sleepy I would write portmanteau words
, which collapsed the syllables of two or three words I'd already sounded in my head.
He deftly employs impressionistic portmanteau words
and a quick, rhythmical narrative style to texture powerfully a world as seen through his young Chicano protagonist's eyes.
poetry that takes root in neologisms and portmanteau words
Kaplan's conceptual inventiveness allows him to generate distinct portmanteau words
to characterize their corresponding modus operandi: "cat-alytic" for the former type of critic, who operates as a "catalyst in the sense that he remains unchanged while transforming the character of what he criticizes" (71), and "synaesthetic" for the latter, who seeks to synthesize "familiar objects and patterns in new forms which either reveal or alter their aesthetic values" (71).
are ever the business of such undertakings, and the author has his basket full of them.
Brophy compiles Joycean portmanteau words
like "idiomsyncracy" or "scherzophrenia" as well as puns, which use purely formal similarities to link different meanings.
His strange polyglot idiom of puns and portmanteau words
is intended to convey not only the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious but also the interweaving of Irish language and mythology with the languages and mythologies of many other cultures.
Joyce uses an elaborate language of his own devising, made up of puns, portmanteau words
, and words from foreign languages, with endless philological variations.
He called these inventions portmanteau words
because he loved to scrunch two words into one as clothes are crammed into a portmanteau, or traveling bag.
Colourful portmanteau words
are cleverly imitated, as in 'phosfreezing' for Corra's 'fosfreddissimo' (pp.
In November of 2009, The Style Invitational section of the Washington Post held a contest inviting readers to send in portmanteau words
(starting with A-D) with definitions.
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".