Portmanteaus

Gleek-150x150.jpgA portmanteau is a blend of two or more words into one – Chinglish for example.

Arnold Zwicky’s blog has a list of some portmanteau words from the last year and a half:

1. jeggings

2. Gleek (“a portmanteau that won the American Dialect Society competition for 2010 Word of the Year in the (new) “fan word” category (the clipping app was the overall WOTY winner“)

3. Randslide

4. medialanche

5. meanderthal

6. lapformer

Take a look at the full post for the origins of each word. Can you think of any others?