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What is a portmanteu word?


Lewis Caroll used the term to describe two words merged together to form a new one. His was thinking of the way the two sides of a suitcase are linked by a hinge.

Here is an extract from my contribution to the Macmillan tribute: Your Favourite Portmanteau Words:

There are plenty of awful portmanteau words. Step forward jazzercise (Jazz exercise) for example, or, even worse, dramedy (dramatic comedy) which surely must merit a prison sentence ....
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