Portmanteau! Oh? OH! PortmantOH!

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Vanborghini

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

VANBORGHINI

van + lamborghini

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This word was reignited in our memory during a delicious indian patio meal with AI and IF.  It was a reference to IF’s late pimped-out van, and brought up much nostalgia for those friends.  Remember back in the day when all our parents had vans, and it was SO nerdy to drive it, but still kind of cool because at least you had a vehicle?  I miss my mom’s Safari.  That beast took us so many lovely places.

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Ponderings:

  • Is it ironic to combine words that are so opposite?
  • What other car/auto combos can there be for awesome related words to vanborghini?
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Enterstraction

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 4:51 am

ENTERSTRACTION

entertainment + distraction

[alternatively: DISTERTAINMENT]

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This word came up in a fun afternoon hangout with my friend PB.   He frequently comments on the fact that hanging out with me is like hanging out with a 4 year old because I’m so easily distracted.  I profoundly made the point that it’s not like I’m not paying attention, it’s that distractions become my entertainment, and my entertainment becomes my distraction, and before I know it, I’ve moved on to the second, third, fifteenth connection in my brain.

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Ponderings:

  • Is it possible that ADD is really just people giving in to Enterstraction?
  • What is your most favourite form of distertainment? Perhaps it is procrasturbation?
  • How can you bring up Enterstraction in daily conversation?

Procrasturbation

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 4:34 am

PROCRASTURBATION

procrastination + masturbation

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I  first wrote about this word in this post on Little Bites, but it is still one of my most favourite portmanteaus.  I credit the word to Kate Carraway, one of my favourite writers, and an avid user of multiple made-up, delightful words and phrases. I dedicate this first real post to the creation of awesome portmanteaus and to the carrying on of such words like myths.

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Ponderings:

  • Has this activity ever caused you to be late for work?
  • Has this activity ever prevented you from attending an event?
  • How can you bring up this word in daily conversation?

Portmanteau! Oh? OH! PortmantOH!

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 4:08 am

A dear friend of mine used to relish in existence of sexy, nerdy, juicy words.  REAL words.  The kind of words that give you little goose bumps on your neck when people use them correctly.  They will make guest appearances on this blog, but it will be mostly devoted to the kind of words that most people feel pretty damn split on; portmanteaus.

portmanteau: blend: a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; “`smog’ is a blend of `smoke’ and `fog'”; “`motel’ is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor’ and `hotel'”; “`brunch’ is a well-known portmanteau

You hear teenagers drop them in conversations and read them in their status updates and text messages.

You see a certain phone company pump them out in obnoxious fluorescent bus ads.

You say them yourself without even realizing they are coming out of your mouth.

Portmanteaus have become omnipresent and personally, I LOVE THEM.  So this blog is devoted to you, portmanteaus.  I find you ridicu-awesome.