Monday, September 29, 2008

More New Portmanteau Words

In honor of the Create a Portmanteau Word Contest, here are a few more newly created portmanteau words from the October "Word Fugitives" column by Barbara Wallraff in the Atlantic Magazine.

A reader was looking for a good word to describe things like ATMs or drugstores "that seem ubiquitous when you aren't looking for them but that are nowhere to be found when you are"?

The responses from other readers included the following portmanteau words -

neverywhere (never + everywhere)
fewbiquitous (few + ubiquitous)
elusiversal (elusive + universal)

What wonderful combinations of morphemes.

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