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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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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 and swirls
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).
Portmanteau words 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.
As small business owners and middle market executives focus on growing and building momentum in their local markets, we want them to think 'growmentum' - one of the new portmanteau words we're featuring in headlines - and the company that can help them achieve their goals - CIT.
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".