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portmanteau word

A word made up of two words; for example, "vlog" is derived from "video" and "log." Pronounced "port-man-tow," this French word refers to a two-compartment traveling bag. In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," portmanteau was used as a metaphor for "containing two words."
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Some new words in the dictionary could make many traditionalists cringe in their seats-new portmanteau words purporting to describe a new trend include "staycation" (a combination of stay and vacation, meaning to take a holiday without going abroad) and "glamping" (glamorous camping).
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I was so sleepy I would write portmanteau words, which collapsed the syllables of two or three words I'd already sounded in my head.
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Exploration of form extended to individual words: neologisms, portmanteau words, the macaronic, combinatorics, and permutations.
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He called these inventions portmanteau words because he loved to scrunch two words into one as clothes are crammed into a portmanteau, or traveling bag.
Brophy compiles Joycean portmanteau words like "idiomsyncracy" or "scherzophrenia" as well as puns, which use purely formal similarities to link different meanings.
In November of 2009, The Style Invitational section of the Washington Post held a contest inviting readers to send in portmanteau words (starting with A-D) with definitions.