From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The English is derived from French portemanteau (portmanteau luggage which has two compartments). A portmanteau word fuses both the sounds and the meanings of its components, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or the term "wurly" to describe hair that is both wavy and curly.
Coined by Lewis Carroll based on the concept of two words packed together, like a portmanteau (a travelling case having two halves joined by a hinge).
- (linguistics) A word formed which combines the meaning of two words (or, rarely, more than two words) by combining the words, usually, but not always, by adjoining the first part of one word and the last part of the other, the adjoining parts often having a common vowel; for example, smog, formed from smoke and fog.
- Portmanteau word
- Border towns in the United States with portmanteau names
- Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, a collection the poetry of Dadaist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven featuring frequent and creative use of portmanteaux
- Compound words
- Double entendre
- Finnegans Wake, James Joyce's novel with an unusually high proportion of portmanteau neologisms
- List of portmanteaus
- Syllabic abbreviation