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Examples of portmanteau in a Sentence
carried her possessions with her in an old portmanteau
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Her name is a portmanteau of Van Gogh and Madonna; her true identity is unknown.
Like Brangelina of yore and the most recent on-again off-again Jelena situation, every A-List celebrity couple has been given a custom portmanteau (a.k.a a joint nickname that combines the letters and sounds of two separate names).
Like laze, this portmanteau sews together two words—volcano and smog—to describe the acidic haze that commonly forms due to volcanic emissions.
Luvi is a portmanteau of his children's names, Lulu and Violet.
The experimental town, located in central Arizona in Yavapai County, was designed by architect Paolo Soleri to explore his concept of arcology, a portmanteau of architecture and ecology.
The video, tagged with the clever portmanteau #Gloscars, shows six shades of Lidstar Glistening Eye Glow being swatched with a doe-foot applicator.
The portmanteau referred to a group of celebrity architects who built in signature styles, including the British Norman Foster, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, and most famously, Frank Gehry, who founded his practice in Los Angeles in 1962.
There’s space for every pronoun, every hyphen and every politically correct portmanteau.
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Did You Know?
In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, Alice asks Humpty Dumpty to explain words from the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky" and is told that slithy is "like a portmanteau-there are two meanings packed up into one word." Although slithy hasn't caught on (it's made up of slimy and lithe, according to Humpty Dumpty), another portmanteau invented by Carroll has in fact found a place in the language: chortle (supposedly from chuckle and snort). English includes other portmanteaus, too, such as brunch (breakfast and lunch) and dramedy (drama and comedy). Following Carroll's lead, English speakers have come to call these fairly common words by the not-so-common name for a type of traveling bag with two compartments. The technical (and simpler) term for such words is blend.
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