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portmanteau word

  • n  a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings
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  • A linguistic tour of the best libfixes, from -ana to -zilla
    English speakers love to create new words by blending existing ones together into "portmanteau words." Sometimes a particular word gets pulled into so many portmanteaus that a fragment of that word becomes "liberated" to become an affix (i.e. a prefix or suffix) all by itself — but one that has a much more specific meaning than what you get with affixes like un-, -ly, or -ness. The best example ...
    Sept. 17, 2013 - The Week via Yahoo! News

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