[Ads-l] Question About Portmanteau Words

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 21 00:43:28 UTC 2015


> Is a word formed like "newscast" generally considered to be a portmanteau word?
Seems credworthy to me.

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> Subject:      Question About Portmanteau Words
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> For my column in the Yale Alumni Magazine, I am writing about portmanteau w=
> ords. I have a nitpicky question:  Portmanteau words are usually said to be=
>  formed by combining parts of two other words.  I would be interested in an=
> y opinions as to whether a combination where one of the components is retai=
> ned in full is generally considered to be a portmanteau word.  In other wor=
> ds, "smog" is a combination of two part-words (the "sm" from "smoke" + the =
> "og" from "fog"), whereas "newscast" is a combination of a full word ("news=
> ") with a part-word (the "cast" from "broadcast").  Is a word formed like "=
> newscast" generally considered to be a portmanteau word?
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> Fred Shapiro
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