Term for strange words?
I often hear strange words that are not in the dictionary. Such as slather. "She slathered on sunblock while at the beach"
Is there a term in grammar for strange words? Would this be a slang, jargon or something else?
Re: Term for strange words?
A word that is made up of a combination of two words is called a blend. slather derives from blending slap and lather => lather, meaning, to spread quickly.
Originally Posted by bryan david kearney
A great online dictionary source is OneLook
brunch (breakfast + lunch)
smog (smoke + fog)
motel (motor + hotel)
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