Weird Word of the Week

Portmanteau: (n) the combination of two (or more) words into one new word.

Example sentence:

Humboldt, or the Power of Positive Thinking contains so many portmanteaus that the original file overwhelmed Spell Check and the author received a terse text box announcing that Spell Check was feeling under-appreciated and refused to underline any further misspelled words.

Upon reading this message, Flight of the Conchords song Hurt Feelings floated through the author’s consciousness.

“I’m not going to wear a ladies’ wetsuit… I’m a man!”

[Who knew Spell Check was so sensitive?]

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