Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Portmanteaux

During my last post, I discovered something so interesting that it is time for a spin-off.
Image obtained from www.buzzfeed.com

As it turns out, portmanteaux (despite being an obviously French word) are a lot of fun.  The above picture is not really a portmanteau; it is more of a pun (but that's okay because puns are even more fun than most everything)

Here are some examples, in the random-ish order that they come to me (feel free to add some of your own in the comments):
  • blog
  • snirt = snow + dirt
  • snice = snow + ice
  • mockumentary
  • chillax
  • liger
  • Spanglish
  • advertainment
  • ginormous
  • spork
  • malware
  • guesstimate
  • Hazmat
  • tangelo
  • croissanwich
  • grood

Some Werds

  1. blunderbuss- a short musket with a flared muzzle. (quite a piratey looking weapon)
  2. pillion- a secondary seat, behind the main seat of a horse or motorbike.
  3. to cod- to tease, harass; to fool, dupe.
  4. lough- Irish lake or sea inlet
  5. tarpaulin- a waterproof canvas. (long for tarp)
  6. posset- hot milk, slightly curdled with ale or beer.
  7. poteen- Irish moonshine, (illegally produced Irish liquor)
  8. dunnage- scrap material used for packing cargo more tightly by filling in gaps.
  9. portmanteau- a large, leather traveling bag with two compartments; a word made by taking parts from two other words and combining their meaning (brunch, smog, blog, etc.)
  10. bridewell- a small prison; a police station that has cells.