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 parts of two other words - usually the beginning of one 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

Further reading

Thornbury, S. An A-Z of ELT, Macmillan

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