Which is correct?
What do you call words like phablet, Kinect and electrocute, that are each made up of parts of two words?
Bonus questions: What two words are each of those made from?
a. phablet = ______ + ________
b. Kinect = _______ + ________
c. electrocute = _______ + _______
Lewis Carroll used the “portmanteau” to describe combination words in “Through the Looking Glass.” A portmanteau is an archaic word for “suitcase,” itself a portmanteau created from the French words for carry (porter) and cloak (manteau).
In “Through the Looking Glass,” Humpty Dumpty explained words like “slithy” (slimy + lithe) and “mimsy” (miserable + flimsy) in the nonsense poem “Jabberwocky” to Alice:
‘You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.’
Read more about portmanteaus.
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