As a linguist I’ve long known that we’re prone to creating lexical blends as part of our creative linguistic capacity. I don’t think I’d ever quite realized the extent or frequency to which we do so until I started looking for examples for this Word Journal. Below are a collection of examples, mostly from Twitter, that I’ve come across in the past month or so. I’ll keep posting more in new entries as I come across them.
Templeress, forple (n):
temple + fortress or vice versa. From City Stained Red by Sam Sykes, pg 214.
chuckoan, grockle (n):
chuckle + groan, or vice versa. Interesting that grockle has a different (phonetic) vowel from either of the two source words, pulling from orthography rather than pronunciation.
floor + Instagram, which is itself an etymologically/morphologically interesting word.
hatch + animal. The big toy last Christmas. Also something (pragmatically) weird for me about the tagline “Who will you hatch?”
lexicographer + enemy. I would have gone for something more compact, like lexicenemies, though that’s a bit ambiguous about the identity of the first element (lexical or lexicographer?). Especially gratifying that this particular example was invented by an actual lexicographer.
late + dinner, by analogy with brunch (breakfast + lunch). I’ve heard it before with the meaning lunch + dinner, so this is unexpected.
nest+restoration. See previous entry for BOGette.
orange + mints. More lexicography Twitter. [oˈræŋəˌɪntz] or GTFO.
phablet (n), phub (v):
phone + tablet; phone + snub. Agree on the horribleness of phablet; would not have correctly parsed phub on my own.
procrastinate + ragetweet, the rare portmanpound (portmanteau + compound).
From Jason E. McDermott, Matthew Partridge, and Yana Bromber. (2018). Ten simple rules for drawing scientific comics. PLoS Computational Biology. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005845.
Finally, the great poonami/poopocalypse/poonado thread:
Because who doesn’t want to end on a scatalogical note.