Desi Arnaz + Lucille Ball and a Portmanteau


Portmanteau Definition

  • Used to describe a linguistic blend
  • a word formed by blending sounds from two or more distinct words and combining their meanings

In then-contemporary English, a portmanteau was a suitcase that opened into two equal sections. The etymology of the word is the French portemanteau, from porter, to carry, and manteau, cloak (from Old French mantel, from Latin mantellum).[11] In modern French, aporte-manteau is a clothes valet, a coat-tree or similar article of furniture for hanging up jackets, hats, umbrellas and the like.

Pormanteaux Definition

  • Compound words, which do not involve the truncation of parts of the stems of the words making them up. For instance, starfish is a compound, not a portmanteau, of star and fish (a hypothetical portmanteau of these words might be stish).

One thought on “Desi Arnaz + Lucille Ball and a Portmanteau

  1. Oh Eileen, You are a wealth of information. I had heard the word “portmanteau”, and now I finally know what it means. Its derivation is very interesting, too. Thank you! I’m going to use that word when I get together with people, and see if they know what it means. It’ll be fun to hear different definitions (unless EVERYBODY of course knows what it means and I was the only one in the dark). Love, Harriet—Right now I’m going to ask Steven if he knows what it means. Keep those great posts coming. Hope that all is well with you. Love, Harriet

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