portmanteau


something comprised of different elements

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"Mansplain is Australian word of the year – The PORTMANTEAU word, which describes the act of a man explaining to a woman something she probably already knows, topped a shortlist of neologisms that included binge watching, bamboo ceiling, lifehacking and selfie stick."

Nancy Groves - The Guardian

Did you
know?

portmanteau
noun and adjective

- consisting of a wide range of things that are considered as a single thing

- a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others

- a large leather suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments

The Cambridge Dictionary / Dictionary dot com / The American Heritage Dictionary


WORD ORIGIN

"Portmanteau" from Middle French portemanteau "a travelling bag" is from the 1580s. The word originally referred to a court official who carried porte a prince's mantel manteau or "cloak".

The first appearances of the following common portmanteaus were: brunch (breakfast + lunch) in 1896, smog (smoke + fog) in 1905, and motel (motor + hotel) in 1925.

In 1964, the newly independent African republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar chose the portmanteau word Tanzania as its name. Similarly Eurasia is a portmanteau of Europe and Asia.


PORTMANTEAU QUIZ

Can you guess the elements from which the following seven portemanteaus are formed? (answers below)

- pixel
- Amtrak
- Verizon
- Oxbridge
- Twingo
- Bollywood
- Billary


SYNONYMS

- a combination word or a newly coined word:

amalgamation, blendword, coinage, compound, frankenword, invented word, made-up word, merged word, neologism, new expression, new term, new word, PORTMANTEAU, portmantologism, synthetic word, telescope word, vogue word


QUIZ ANSWERS

- pixel = pics + element
- Amtrak = America + track
- Verizon = veritas + horizon
- Oxbridge = Oxford + Cambridge
- Twingo = twist + swing + tango
- Bollywood = Bombay + Hollywood
- Billary = Bill Clinton + Hillary Clinton


SMUGGLE OWAD into an English conversation, share this fun fact:

On Wednesday, 28 June 2017, the New York Times crossword author included the remark: "How I wish Natalie Portman dated Jacques Cousteau, so I could call them 'PORTMANTEAU'."

HERZLICHEN DANK to all readers helping me keep OWAD alive with single or monthly donations at:

https://donorbox.org/please-become-a-friend-of-owad-3

and,

Paul Smith, IBAN: DE75 7316 0000 0002 5477 40

More Word Quizzes:

nitpicker

1 month ago

a tool

SORRY,
please try again...

a bird

SORRY,
please try again...

a pedant

Congrats Your Answer is Correct.

soothsayer

1 month ago

a person who claims to predict the future

Congrats Your Answer is Correct.

a person who claims to speak to the dead

SORRY,
please try again...

a person who claims to read other’s thoughts

SORRY,
please try again...

go for broke

1 month ago

to risk everything to achieve a goal

Congrats Your Answer is Correct.

to arrive at a wrong destination

SORRY,
please try again...

to stop working and live off welfare support

SORRY,
please try again...

to rubber-stamp

1 month ago

to officially approve

Congrats Your Answer is Correct.

to politely refuse

SORRY,
please try again...

to secretly stalk

SORRY,
please try again...

mountebank

1 month ago

a charlatan

Congrats Your Answer is Correct.

a writing desk

SORRY,
please try again...

a climbing tool

SORRY,
please try again...

Copyright © 2022 - OWAD. All Rights Reserved.