Desi Arnaz + Lucille Ball and a Portmanteau

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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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau http://www.nowness.com/day/2013/9/10/3321/a-dictionary-of-portmanteaux

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