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Mar 21, 2007 : word fun

After spoonerisms, portmanteaux are my favorite form of word play. They are a combining of multiple words into one. For example, a weirdalfternoon is an afternoon spent listening to Weird Al. Unfortunately, linguists no longer use the word "portmanteau" but call them "blends". That's dumb, because its a terribly boring name for such a fun thing.

Spoonerisms, my favorite, are simply an interchange of letters/sounds among words in a phrase. For example, "wild turkey" is said as "tiled wurkey" (written as you pronounce it). You can get more tricky (and fun!) by exchanging vowels or consonants in the middle of words, or exchange more than two sounds: "Chinese Gourmet Buffet" becomes "binese chormet guffet" (say that three times fast!) and "drugs & alcohol" becomes "hugs & dracula"

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Comment from: Pam [Visitor]
Dave, I salute you. With my spork.
Permalink 03/21/07 @ 11:33
Comment from: mom [Visitor]
I believe you were first introduced to portmanteau words in Level 6 Reading at MCS. I also love hink pinks, hinky pinkys, and hinkety pinketys.
Permalink 03/22/07 @ 23:08
Comment from: Dave Brondsema [Member] ·
My mom reminded me this weekend that even as a youngling I liked portmanteau: I used the word "butcept" (but + except)
Permalink 06/10/07 @ 22:56

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