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  1. bryan david kearney
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    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?

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    Re: Term for strange words?

    Quote Originally Posted by bryan david kearney
    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?

    bryandavidk
    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.

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    Blends: EXAMPLES
    brunch (breakfast + lunch)
    smog (smoke + fog)
    motel (motor + hotel)

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