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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

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What are some words formed by combining together parts of other words?

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Such words are called "Portmanteau" words. Here is a very incomplete list:
beefalo beef, buffalo
brunch breakfast, lunch
chortle chuckle, snort
fantabulous fantastic, fabulous
flare flame, glare
flounder flounce, founder
glimmer gleam, shimmer
glitz glamour, ritz
liger lion, tiger
motel motor, hotel
smash smack, mash
smog smoke, fog
squiggle squirm, wiggle
tangelo tangerine, pomelo
tigon tiger, lion
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Unless noted otherwise, all words occur in Webster's Third New International
Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, MA, 1961.

 

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