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  • n. Plural form of portmanteau.


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  • There seems to be nothing that English speakers like as much as blended words also called portmanteaus.

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  • Quaintest of all these articles were the native "portmanteaus," that is to say, bundles of treasures rolled up in bark, wound round and round with string -- string made from human hair or from that of dingoes and opossums.

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  • In these "portmanteaus" are found carved sticks, pieces of quartz, red ochre, feathers, and a number of odds and ends.

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  • "portmanteaus" [Note at end of paragraph.] containing hair-string, feathers, red ochre, and other knick-knacks.

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  • The narrative is hampered by impossibly leaden sentences "both officers realized they were not dealing with a military matter, and they were not quite comfortable dealing with it"; and it's more than a bit distracting when members of the president's cabinet decode military portmanteaus for the reader's benefit.

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  • I guess I missed the day in school when they taught that portmanteaus are pejoritive per se.

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  • It is, after all, the sportswriters 'job to come up with something good to call these guys, something that captures their personality and performance, and instead we get formulaic portmanteaus, and now, apparently, retread nicknames from the' 70s.

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  • So there must be other reasons why we find truncations, acronyms, and portmanteaus alluring.

    Robin Lakoff: Cutting to the Chase

  • Over the last quarter-century, give or take, portmanteaus have extended their domain -- both in number and in type.

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  • Sunny should hang on to his portmanteaus as a matter of personal liberty.

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