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  • "So if recessionista and fembot are not really puns, what are they? They’re neolexic portmanteaus, in which root words are brutally slammed together with cavalier lack of wit. “Neolexic portmanteau” is a mouthful, so instead we shall choose a simpler handle. Sherry-manteau, catastrounity, misceg-formation, piss-poortmanteau, and poor-man’s-toes all proffer themselves as alternatives, but they are still laborsome. Therefore, I christen these neolexic portmanteaus adjoinages—a functioning portmanteau pun, in case you failed to see, on adjoin and coinage."

    -- From "Please Do Not Chillax: Adjoinages and the death of the American pun." By Simon Akam


    March 6, 2013

  • Isn't a pun that has to be explained therefore guilty of a cavalier lack of wit? adjoinage therefore earmarks itself as a kettlepot blackism.

    March 11, 2013

  • When I first read it, I had no idea that "adjoinage" was meant to be a portmanteau. I think it would be hilarious to call them something more like punmanteaus.

    March 11, 2013