What’s a BLEND?

A blend (also known as “portmanteau” word) is a word formed by merging the sounds and meaning of two or more other words or word parts.

There are many English words that are actually blends, for example the word emoticon is formed by combining the word “emote” and icon, fortnight is a blend from “fourteen” and night, or humongous is a combination of the word huge and monstrous.

Here is a list of blends:

• agitprop (agitation + propaganda)

• alcopop (alcohol + pop)

• bash (bang + smash)

• bleep (blackout + beep)

• because (by + cause)

• blotch (blot + botch)

• bit (binary + digit)

• blurt (blow + spurt)

• brash (bold + rash)

• biopic (biography + picture)

• breathalyzer (breath +analyzer)

• camcorder (camera + recorder)

• cellophane (cellulose + diaphane)

• chexting (cheating + texting)

• chortle (chuckle + snort)

• chump (chuck + lump)

• clash (clap + crash)

• cosmeceutical (cosmetic + pharmaceutical)

• ditsy (dizzy + dotty)

• docudrama (documentary + drama)

• dodle (dodder + toddle)

• dumbfound (dumb + confound)

• electrocute (electricity + electrocute)

• faction (fact + fiction)

• fanzine (fan + magazine)

• flare (fame + glare)

• flirtationship (flirting + relationship)

• flop (flap + drop)

• flurry (flutter + hurry)

• galumph (gallop + triumph)

• glimmer (gleam + shimmer)

• glitz (glamour + ritz)

• globish (global + English)

• goodbye (God + be (with) + ye)

• goon (gorilla + baboon)

• guitarthritis (guitar + arthritis)

• hassle (haggle + tussle)

• infotainment (information + entertainment)

• intercom (internal + communication)

• jegging (jeans + legging)

• jorts (jeans + shorts)

• modem (modulator + demodulator)

• motel (motor + hotel)

• led (motor + pedal)

• muppet (marionette + puppet)

• napalm (naphthene + palmitate)

• o’clock (of (the) + clock)

• palimony (pal + alimony)

• prissy (prim + sissy)

• pixel (picture + element)

• pornacopia (pornography + cornucopia)

• pulsar ( pulse + quasar)

• sexcapade (sex + escapade)

• sexploitation (sex + exploitation)

• sitcom (situation + comedy)

• slosh (slop + slush)

• skyjack (sky + hijack)

• shopaholic (shop + alcoholic)

• snazzy (snappy + jazzy)

• slang ( slovenly language)

• splurge (splash + surge)

• smog (smoke + fog)

• squiggle (squirm + wiggle)

• swipe (sweep + wipe)

• slanguage (slang + language)

• smash (smack + mash)

• sportscast (sport + broadcast)

• staycation (stay home + vacation)

• tangelo (tangerine + pomelo)

• telethon (telephone + marathon)

• twiddle (twist + fiddle)

• telegenic (television + photogenic)

• textpectation (text message + expectation)

• waddle (wade + toddle)

• workaholic (work + alcoholic)

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