What do all these words have in common? Brexit, Bennifer, Brangelina, Infotainment, infomercial and podcast. They are portmanteaus, what some people refer to as frankenwords. They were first used by Lewis Carroll in his book "Through the Looking-Glass", where Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice the coinage or origin of the unusual words used in "Jabberwocky."
He explained that slithy means "slimy and lithe," while mimsy is "miserable and flimsy". Humpty Dumpty was teaching Alice the practice of combining words in various ways: "You see it's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word." Due to this literary invention portmanteau's have grown in number and stature, and you will find we are surrounded by them everywhere we look.
In every episode Eric will cover a new portmanteau for you. They will all also be short and to the point. He will also certainly delve deeper into the history of the word of the day. Portmanteau's may be well known words or they may be brand new. Be sure to subscribe today and then you can also join in on all the word filled fun! Here is a thought to ponder, they maybe portmanteau's suggested by you?