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The Portmanteau

I love to play around with language, so it should be no surprise that one of my favorite features of the English language is the portmanteau. This is when you combine two words and create a new, shorter way to express the idea. An easy example of this is brunch. Breakfast + Lunch = Brunch. More often than not, a portmanteau will be used in casual speech as slang for a short time and then fade from usage; however, some portmanteaus (or portmanteaux) stick and become "official" words in the dictionary.  Below you will find a list of some of the more fun portmanteaus that you can use in your casual spoken English. (more…)

By Laura, ago