Today we will learn more about ‘blending words’.
You can review the first lesson here.
A blending word is a word that is made up of parts of other words that are combined to form a new word with a new meaning.
Usually ‘blending words’ are made by joining the beginning of one word and the end of another.
Blending words can also be called portmanteau words.
Here are some examples of blending words:
- Blog (web + log).
Meaning: a regularly updated website or web page, usually run by an individual or small group, containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc.
- Brunch (breakfast + lunch).
Meaning: a late morning meal eaten at a time between breakfast and lunch, replacing the two meals with one instead.
- Cyborg (cybernetic + organism).
Meaning: a fictional or hypothetical human being with physical abilities that are beyond a normal human because mechanical elements have been built into the body.
- Frenemy (friend + enemy).
Meaning: a person who is a friend even though there is an underlying dislike or rivalry in the relationship.
- Glamping (glamorous + camping).
Meaning: luxury camping or glamprous camping, involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than traditional camping.
- Humongous (huge + monstrous).
Meaning: very big, both of these words mean large so putting the two words together indicates that something is extremely big.
- Internet (international + network).
Meaning: the global communication network that allows computers around the world to connect and share information.
- Mocktail (mock + cocktail).
Meaning: a cocktail that has no alcohol in it, consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.
- Spanglish (Spanish + English).
Meaning: a mix of words and idioms from both Spanish and English, often used by people who know both languages well.
- Spork (spoon + fork).
Meaning: an eating utensil that is shaped like both a spoon and fork, often has a rounded spoon shape with short prongs at the end like a fork.
- Staycation (stay + vacation).
Meaning: a budget-friendly alternative to a vacation in which people stay at home during their time off from work.
- Affluenza (affluence + influenza).
Meaning: the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money.