Words at Play : Top 10 Mashup Words

#8: Chortle

Chuckle + snort, created by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass:

"'And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? / Come to my arms, my beamish boy! / O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' / He chortled in his joy."

Carroll was a great inventor of mashup words – or, to use the word he coined, portmanteau words. However, not all of his new words caught on.

For example, slithy (slimy + lithe) and mimsy (miserable + flimsy), however delightful, never really made it out of his books.

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