The Portmanteau: Creativity With Words
When you think about creativity with words, I expect it’s things like poems, songs, and even jokes that spring to mind. But have you ever noticed that in the English language, we get pretty creative with the words themselves?
I’m talking about portmanteau words – words we create by squishing two (or occasionally more) existing words together.
Take, for example, brunch. It’s no secret that this combines the words breakfast and lunch to create a term that refers to a meal eaten between these two times. Brunch first appeared in print over 100 years ago in an 1896 edition of Punch magazine, so this is a by no means a modern phenomenon.