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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:58 pm    Post subject: Portmanteaux Reply with quote

Portmanteaux are words that are created by squishing two words together. Spork - the spoon fork.

http://www.spork.org/

It was originated with Lewis Carroll's whose metonomy derives from big old style canvas travel bags that had two compartments.

I became aware of this term today when encountering the word milter -- mail filter, from the sendmail email transport.

Some other portmanteaux words are here:

http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~amitc/Scrab/acroport.html

[ Personal note: Texeme, a trademark I coined, is a portmaneau -- text + memetics. ]
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After helping me move some furniture, including a couch, I came
up with something that made my helper laugh:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were a female politician from the comic strip Doonesbury, whose couch, which might include a storage drawer with two compartments, you were moving, it could be a

Laceydavenportmanteau

But we're heading into Jeopardy question territory now!
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