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Examples of portmanteau in a Sentence
carried her possessions with her in an old portmanteau
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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.
Colatecs, a portmanteau of cola and discotheque, have arisen to serve South Korea's rapidly aging population, as a growing number of lonely, impoverished, and ailing people rediscover ways to entertain themselves after decades of hard work.
Canada’s Metalocalypstick -- a portmanteau of metal, local, lipstick and apocalypse -- is an apropos name for a Rocky Mountain music festival with a lineup of metal acts with female singers and musicians.
Dangerous Things often refers to microchip implants as transponders, a portmanteau for transmitter-responder.
Worshippers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster call their faith FSMism or Pastafarianism, a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism.
The show takes place on the Florida Panhandle, which stretches out to Alabama – hence the portmanteau name.
To sell its changes to a dubious French public, Mr. Macron’s administration has even imported a term coined in Denmark: flexicurity, a portmanteau of flexibility and security.
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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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