List of portmanteaus

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This is a partial list of portmanteaus or "blends" — words formed by combining two other words, in the English language.

Animals[edit]

  • beefalo, from beef and buffalo (progeny of)
  • Brangus, from Brahman and Angus breeds of cattle (progeny of)
  • cameleopard, from camel and leopard (old name for giraffe)
  • geep, from goat and sheep (progeny of)
  • Labradoodle, from Labrador Retriever and Poodle
  • liger, from lion and tiger (progeny of male lion and tigress) cf. tiglon/tigon below
  • sheeple, from sheep and people
  • tigon, from tiger and lion (progeny of tiger and lioness) cf. liger above
  • wallaroo, from wallaby and kangaroo
  • wholphin, from whale and dolphin
  • zedonk, from zebra and donkey (progeny of)

Art, literature and entertainment[edit]

  • The Animatrix, from animated and The Matrix
  • arfé, from art and café
  • Bennifer, from Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
  • Brangelina, from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
  • Britcom, from British and comedy
  • Californication, from California and fornication
  • cassingle, from cassette and single
  • cosplay, from costume and play
  • cyberpunk, from cybernetics and punk
  • dramedy, from drama and comedy
  • edutainment, from education and entertainment
  • faction, from fact and fiction
  • Famicom, from the two words forming the name of the Japanese Nintendo Entertainment System, the Family Computer
  • fandom, from fanatic and (king)-dom
  • fanon, from fan and canon
  • fanzine, from fan and magazine
  • frolf, from Frisbee and golf
  • jazzercise, from jazz and exercise
  • Kripkenstein, from Kripke and Wittgenstein, coined to describe a philosophical position that Kripke argued one could read into Wittgenstein's work, but which neither he nor Wittgenstein accepted.
  • literotica, from literature and erotica
  • machinima, from machine and cinema
  • mockumentary, from mock and documentary
  • newscast, from news and broadcast
  • Nintendogs, from Nintendo and dogs
  • Orgasmatron, from orgasm and -tron, from Woody Allen's Sleeper
  • Policenauts, from police and astronaut
  • Pornograffitti, from the 1990 album by the band Extreme
  • prequel, from pre- and sequel
  • religulous, from religion and ridiculous
  • Revolusongs, from revolution and songs, EP by the band Sepultura
  • rockumentary, from rock and documentary
  • rom-com, short form of romantic comedy
  • sacrilicious, from sacrilege and delicious, used by Homer Simpson
  • scanlation, from scan and translation, used for unofficial internet-distributed translations of manga
  • sitcom, from situational and comedy (related(?): SITCOM as backronym, meaning 'Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage')
  • slurve, form slider and curve (baseball pitches)
  • smark, from smart and mark – professional wrestling slang for fans who recognize the scripted nature of the business, but still enjoy the in-ring entertainment
  • soundscape, from sound and landscape
  • streetball, from street and basketball
  • televangelist, from television and evangelist
  • TomKat, from Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
  • Waluigi, from Japanese warui (bad) and the name Luigi
  • Wario, from Japanese warui and the name Mario

Cuisine[edit]

General[edit]

Internet and computing[edit]

Marketing[edit]

  • advertainment, from advertising and entertainment
  • advertorial, from advertising and editorial
  • biopic, from biographical and motion picture
  • cineplex, from cinema and complex (building)
  • docudrama, from documentary and drama
  • docusoap, from documentary and soap opera (serialised drama)
  • dramedy, from drama and comedy
  • edutainment, from education and entertainment
  • infomercial, from information and commercial
  • infotainment, from information and entertainment
  • multiplex, from multiple and complex – this word has a different meaning in telecommunications
  • shockumentary, from documentary and shock

Organizations and companies[edit]

  • Accenture, from accent and future (accent on the future)
  • Alstom, from Alsace and Thompson-Houston. First spelled "Alsthom", the h is removed in 2008 (the company was named GEC-Alsthom at the time)
  • Amtrak, from American and track
  • Bakerloo Line, from Baker Street and Waterloo Railway, coined by London's Evening News in 1906
  • Capcom, from capsule and computers
  • Carborundum, from carbon and corundum
  • Comcast, from communication and broadcast
  • Compaq, from compatibility and quality
  • ConDem, from Conservative and Democrats. A collective name for the 2010 UK coalition government between the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat Party
  • CONMEBOL, from Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Spanish for "South American Football Confederation")
  • Copa, from compania and Panamena
  • Debian, from founder Ian Murdock and his wife Debra
  • Edexcel, from educational and excellence
  • FedEx, from the company's original name, Federal Express
  • Fluidrive, from fluid and drive
  • Garmin, from the company's founders, Gary Burrell and Min Kao
  • Groupon, from group and coupon
  • Imagineering, from Imagine (or Imagination) and Engineering
  • Intel, from integrated and electronics
  • Latam, from Lan Airlines and TAM Airlines
  • Mattel, from founders names Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler
  • Microsoft, from microcomputer and software
  • Mitel, from founders names Michael Cowpland and Terry Matthews and Lawnmowers after the company's original business plan
  • Travelocity, from travel and velocity
  • Palmolive, from palm and olive
  • Pinterest, from pin and interest
  • Prancercise, from prance and exercise
  • Prevacid, from prevent and acid
  • Sony, from sonus (Latin for sound) and sonny (slang for youngster)
  • Verizon, from veritas (Latin for truth) and horizon
  • Victorinox, from Victoria (the company founder's mother) and inox (stainless steel)
  • Waitrose, from founders' names Wallace Waite and Arthur Rose
  • Wikipedia, from wiki and encyclopedia

Places[edit]

  • Autopia, attraction in Disneyland, from automobile and utopia
  • Ballico, from Ballintine Company
  • Benelux, from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg
  • Birome, from Bickham and James Cartwright, landowners
  • BosWash, from Boston and Washington D.C.
  • Brockton, from Brant, Greenock and Walkerton
  • Canwood, from Canadian and woodlands
  • Chiberia, from Chicago and Siberia
  • Clerval, from claire vallée, French for "clear valley"
  • Cotai, from Coloane and Taipa
  • Czechoslovakia, from Czech and Slovakia
  • Delran Township, from the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek
  • Donora, from William Donner and Nora Mellon
  • Fairborn, from Fairfield and Osborn
  • Glenbard, from Glen Ellyn and Lombard
  • Harvey Cedars, from harvest and cedars
  • Hillcrest, from Country Club Hills and Hazel Crest
  • Hollansburg, from Hollaman and Harland, landowners
  • Indialantic, from Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Irrigon, from irrigation and Oregon
  • Jardee, from Jardanup and Deeside
  • Kanwaka Township and Kanwaka, from the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers
  • Kormak, from Charles Korpela and Oscar Maki, settlers
  • Mexicali, from Mexico and California
  • Millux, from Miller & Lux Corp.
  • MoCo, from Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Monterey, from the Spanish words monte (mountain) and rey (king)
  • Navelencia, from navel and Valencia oranges
  • Ohaton, from the Osler, Hammond and Nanton company
  • Scarberia, from Scarborough and Siberia
  • Tamiami, from Tampa and Miami
  • Tanzania, from Tanganyika and Zanzibar
  • The Tridge, from Tri-Cities and bridge
  • Valsetz, from the Valley and Siletz Railroad, now a ghost town
  • WaKeeney, from Warren, Keeney, & Co.
  • Westarctica, name of a micronation from West and Antarctica
  • Woolaroc, from woods, lakes and rocks

Sciences[edit]

  • cyborg, from cybernetic and organism
  • positron, from positive and electron
  • redox, from reduction and oxidation
  • wavicle, from wave and particle
  • vitamin, from vital and amine
  • chemokine, from chemotactic and cytokine

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scromlette". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "This American Life". Number One Party School. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcUDBgYodIE
  4. ^ Matt Smith
  5. ^ MacMillan, Douglas (1 March 2012). "The Rise of the 'Brogrammer'". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 8 January 2014.