A portmantnami (blizzmanteaux?)

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):

chuckoan gruckle.png

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.

floorstagram (v):


floor + Instagram, which is itself an etymologically/morphologically interesting word.

Hatchimal (n):


hatch + animal. The big toy last Christmas. Also something (pragmatically) weird for me about the tagline “Who will you hatch?”

lexicogrenemy (n):


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.

linner (n):


late + dinner, by analogy with brunch (breakfast + lunch). I’ve heard it before with the meaning lunch + dinner, so this is unexpected.

nestoration (n):


nest+restoration. See previous entry for BOGette.

orangeints (n):


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.

https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/05/23/phub-made-eat-words/ for more.

procrastiragetweet (n):


procrastinate + ragetweet, the rare portmanpound (portmanteau + compound).

vennster (n):


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.



cf cronut.

Finally, the great poonami/poopocalypse/poonado thread:

poonami 1.png

poonami 2.png

Because who doesn’t want to end on a scatalogical note.


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