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shitasmia

shitasmia  n.— «It’s so terrible, it induces an entirely new emotion: a blend of vertigo, disgust, anger and embarrassment which I like to call “shitasmia.” It not only creates this emotion: it defines it. It’s the most...

AFPAK

AFPAK  n.— Note: A blend of AFghanistan and PAKistan. «In the two-front war that Washington is now calling “AFPAK,” there’s more head-scratching going on than is immediately visible. Yes, President Barack Obama last week...

boxla

boxla  n.— Note: A blend of “box” and “lacrosse.” «The summer lacrosse season is still a few months away, but it’s never too soon to talk a little boxla.» —“Lacrosse busy during so-called off...

blend wall

blend wall  n.— «Two members of Growth Energy said shipping and cost constraints could discourage further blending of ethanol with gasoline as soon as 2009, a situation the ethanol industry calls hitting the “blend wall...

Portmanteau Word Blends

What do you call a word made from a blend of two other words, like motel from motor and hotel? A listener says his term for them is “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup words,” after the old commercial: “You got chocolate in my peanut...

defac

defac  n.— Note: “Defac” is far less often spelled “difac,” despite being a blend of “dining facility.” «Camp Phoenix in particular, was an example of where the disease began with food preparation and...