Onomatopoeia, Portmanteau, etc.
Words that imitate a real sound like chirp and thud are called Onomatopoeia; taking parts of two or more words to form a new word like brunch (breakfast & lunch) and motel (motor & hotel) are called portmanteau. Is there a name for words borrowed from foreign languages like kowtow (from Chinese) and aqua (from Spanish).
You can apply your own imaginations and associations to memorize words. For example, I associate frolic (behave playfully) to leaping and hopping like a frog on the floor. Is there a name for this memorization by association?
You can also chop up a word for memorization. Since I already know nightmare, it is easy for me to remember the word mare too, by simply taking the word nightmare apart. Is there a name for this method too? Chopped-up words?
Thank you and have a great day.
Re: Onomatopoeia, Portmanteau, etc.
A new portmanteau word that I saw is particularly cute and only orthographic:
Pharms (GM Farms)
I like it. ;-)