Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20
  1. #1

    Question portmanteau words

    what 2 words make up the word glugging?

  2. #2

    Re: portmanteau words

    Quote Originally Posted by language arts View Post
    what 2 words make up the word glugging?
    "the toilet stopped glugging..."

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #3

    Re: portmanteau words

    Quote Originally Posted by language arts View Post
    "the toilet stopped glugging..."
    I have no idea. This word seems more like an example of onomatopoeia than portmanteau.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 62
    #4

    Re: portmanteau words

    Sorry for being thick, but I have never heard the expression 'portmanteau word' and I'm English! Can someone explain to me what this means?

  4. #5

    Re: portmanteau words

    It means that there are two meanings (i.e. words) included in one word. These are usually made-up words.
    Some examples:

    "slithy" means "lithe" and "slimy" (If I'm not mistaken, that's the first portmanteau ever used, in the book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

    "infomercial" from "information" and "commercial"

    "smog" from "smoke" and "fog"

  5. queenbu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Maltese
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 1,031
    #6

    Re: portmanteau words

    So....'blog' would be a portmanteau word?

  6. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #7

    Re: portmanteau words

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamgirl View Post
    Sorry for being thick, but I have never heard the expression 'portmanteau word' and I'm English! Can someone explain to me what this means?
    A portmanteau is a suitcase that opens in to two large hinged compartments.
    Therefore, it is two things carried as one. That is the analogy here -- two words carried as one.

    smoke + fog = smog
    Reagan +
    economics = Reaganomics
    sn
    ow + rain = snain

  7. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #8

    Re: portmanteau words

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    So....'blog' would be a portmanteau word?
    In lessons earlier this year I said it was. But, on reflection, I'd say it's not. It's made up of two words all right, but it's just an abbreviation of 'web-log'.

    (But in that same semantic field, "emoticon" is.)

    b

  8. queenbu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Maltese
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 1,031
    #9

    Re: portmanteau words

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In lessons earlier this year I said it was. But, on reflection, I'd say it's not. It's made up of two words all right, but it's just an abbreviation of 'web-log'.
    (But in that same semantic field, "emoticon" is.)
    b
    So is 'netiquette',right?
    I admit, i had never heard of portmanteau words!

  9. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #10

    Re: portmanteau words

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    So is 'netiquette',right?
    ...


    b

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Compound words with and without hyphen
    By zaed_salah in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2006, 18:56
  2. Alphabetizing Words
    By ohiomanager in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Feb-2006, 12:26
  3. 1000 most important words
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2004, 07:23
  4. Onomatopoeia, Portmanteau, etc.
    By bmo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-Feb-2004, 23:46
  5. Confusing Words or Confused Words
    By Piak in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2003, 23:10

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •