An ELT Glossary : Blends



Definition :  Blend is the linguistic term for what are also called "portmanteau words" -  ie words which have been coined by using the beginning of one word and the end of another.

Examples :  

  • Smog comes from smoke and fog
  • Brunch comes from breakfast and lunch
  • Motel comes from motor and hotel
  • Emoticon comes from emotion and icon
  • Podcast comes from iPod and broadcast