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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...

container syndrome

container syndrome  n.— «It’s a controversial theory, but a vocal contingent of doctors and physical therapists believe the strap-in chairs and carriers that millions of parents have come to rely on are contributing to an increase in cases...

clock

clock  v.— «Prosecutor Christopher Batty said Butt bought high-mileage cars from motor auctions and had the mileages considerably reduced enabling him to sell the cars at an inflated price, a practice known as “clocking.” He...

sweepspear

sweepspear  n.— «Its styling, says GM interior design chief Dave Lyon, will feature modern interpretations of the Buick portholes (or “ventiports” as they were called in the “50s) and the “sweepspear,” the...

container syndrome

container syndrome  n.— Note: Related to sense 2 of bucket baby. «A vocal contingent of doctors and physical therapists believe the strap-in chairs and carriers that millions of parents have come to rely on are contributing to an increase...

motor music

motor music  n.— «My favorite part of this bike: its sound. What Moto Guzzi refers to as its “motor music,” or engine and exhaust notes, was better than any new record I’ve heard recently, particularly the crackle upon roll-off...

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