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  • n. Plural form of portmanteau.


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  • Last month Trevor posted a Wordie list, subtitled Econorrhea, of neologisms and portmanteaux having to do with the economic implosion, which he has now worked into a Jabberwocky parody* on Recessionwire — which is itself compiling the beginnings of what could be something fun: a recession lexicon.

    Beware the Econorrhea

  • At this point the portmanteaux would be donned, the port would be passed and the conversation would turn to slightly racy matters.

    Making Light: Open thread 136

  • The whole house of Omer and Joram turned out to bid us good – bye; and there were so many seafaring volunteers in attendance on Steerforth, when our portmanteaux went to the coach, that if we had had the baggage of a regiment with us, we should hardly have wanted porters to carry it.

    David Copperfield

  • The respectable creature, satisfied with his lot whatever it was, arranged our portmanteaux on the little carriage that was to take us into London, as if they were intended to defy the shocks of ages, and received my modestly proffered donation with perfect tranquillity.

    David Copperfield

  • Within fifteen minutes the hall was a sea of bandboxes, hampers, portmanteaux.

    A Wicked Gentleman

  • Next thing geography will be corrected by "ed.", and language and portmanteaux, too, all fixed, pristine and perfect by "ed."

    It's called "zeitgeist," have you heard of it?

  • Her bandboxes and portmanteaux are filled with her best clothes and all her jewels.

    The Virginians

  • The landlord of the Three Castles had shown Harry a bedchamber, but he had refused to have his portmanteaux unpacked, thinking that, for a certainty, the folks of the great house would invite him to theirs.

    The Virginians

  • He told Hall how his aunt at Hastings had been swindled by a stranger with empty portmanteaux.

    The Invisible Man

  • Sometimes it's worth just toughing it out, staring at the same page until, grudgingly, the words start to come as if they slept late and don't want to come to work cue Humpty Dumpty and his portmanteaux.

    Archive 2005-05-01


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