In my last blog I wrote about the femmullett being a combination of:
feminine + mullet = femullet
A fusion of two words is actually called a portmanteau. My freind Wikipedia told me the follwing:
A portmanteau or blend is a word which fuses two or more words or parts of words to give a combined meaning. A folk usage of portmanteau refers to a word formed by combining both sounds and meanings from two or more words (e.g. spork from spoon/fork.)
The word blog is a portmanteau word from web + log.
My sister’s favorite portmanteau word is slithy from slither + slimy. This word and others were made popular by Lewis Carrol.
- 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
- Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
My favorite portmanteau is Brunch (Breakfast + Lunch)
Here is a whole list of portmanteau. http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/portmant.htm
Which portmanteau is your favorite?