Yesterday in one class, we were talking about the word “portmanteau”, which means taking two words and putting them together to create a new word. The word we were talking about was “netiquette”:
InterNET + ETIQUETTE
So then we started thinking of other portmanteau (portmanteaus? portmanteaux?) … either seems acceptable as the plural form.
brunch = BReakfast + lUNCH
blog = weB + LOG
Japanglish = JAPANese + enGLISH
cosplay = COStume + PLAY
metrosexual = METROpolitan + heteroSEXUAL
affluenza = AFFLUENce + inFLUENZA
This last one came from a news story some of the students and I talked about in a class last year.
labradoodle = LABRADor + pOODLE
The Obamas’ dog is one of these.