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A portmanteau word is a type of compound word in which some sounds (phonemes) are blended rather than combined whole. For example, the words smoke + fog are combined to create the word smog.

The term "portmanteau word" was coined by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass" (1871), when Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice, "You see it's like a portmanteau — there are two meanings packed up into one word." A portmanteau is a suitcase that has two distinct sections.

Table of Portmanteau Words
breakfast lunch brunch
car hijack carjack
cheese hamburger cheeseburger
chocolate alcoholic chocoholic
chuckle snort chortle
cybernetic organism cyborg
education entertainment edutainment
electric execute electrocute
fantastic fabulous fantabulous
friend enemy frenemy
Senator Gerry salamander gerrymander
guess estimate guesstimate
informational commercial infomercial
jazz exercise jazzercise
lion tiger liger
mock documentary mockumentary
motor pedal moped
motor hotel motel
news broadcast newscase
parachute trooper paratrooper
skirt shorts skort
smoke fog smog
snide remark snark
spoon fork spork
television evangelist televangelist
vital amine vitamin
wavy curly wurly
web log blog

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Put two words together and blend or omit a few sounds to make portmanteu words. Or go to the answers. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet and answers (subscribers only).

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