portmanteau words

portmanteau words
portmanteau words
are words formed by merging or blending two or more other words, e.g. brunch (breakfast + lunch), ginormous (giant + enormous), motel (motor + hotel), and smog (smoke + fog). Modern formations of this type are often used for items of social concern or popular culture, e.g. biopic (biography + picture), blaxploitation (black + exploitation), docudrama (documentary + drama), and edutainment (education + entertainment). Some formations are more ephemeral or ad hoc, e.g. sexcapade (sex + escapade).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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