Combining words to make a new word

Monday, July 29, 2013

In the past I wrote about trendy words created by combining the sounds and meanings of two words together. Remember glamping and glamburger? Well, these types of words interest me and catch my attention.

Glamping and glamburger aren't in the dictionary or recognized as official words but there are many combinations used in our everyday language. For example, frenemy, a blend of friend + enemy, is a person who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy. This seems like a new creation but it was first used in the 1950s, so not new at all.

I never realized that there are many blended words in the English language, more that I thought, so here are some common blended words used all the time:

biopic (biography + picture)
breathalyzer (breath + analyzer)
camcorder (camera + recorder)
chexting (cheating + texting)
electrocute (electricity + execute)
emoticon (emote + icon)
fanzine (fan + magazine)
flirtationship (flirting + relationship)
infotainment (information + entertainment)
moped (motor + pedal)
sitcom (situation + comedy)
slanguage (slang + language)
sportscast (sports + broadcast)
workaholic (work + alcoholic)

. . . and more!

Are there blended words in your language?

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