You may be confused as to what exactly a “portmanteau” is and what to do with it. Rest assured that it’s an extremely safe alternative to wasting time while writing and speaking. Used properly, portmanteaus will drastically increase your free time. You’ll no longer have to speak or write two words when one will suffice, thereby doubling your fun time. Continue reading.
The Merriam-Webster definition of a portmanteau [pawrt-man-toh] is:
“A word… whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms.”Here are some examples:
Do your best to create your own. For example, some of my personal creations are as follows… are your friends both friends and enemies? Call them “frienemies.” Is the drunk man sitting across from you also your uncle? Call him your “drunkle.” Does that tattoo that covers your whole upper body look like a shirt? Call it a “shirtoo.” Is that piece of fruit you’re eating somehow both an apple and a peach? I bet it’s a “peaple.”
One warning… always think about your portmanteaus before you vocalize them. About a year ago, I was around some younger family members and almost portmanteauized “fire” and “truck.” Think about it… I stopped myself just in time. Let that be a lesson.