A portmanteau description; portmanteau terms.
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Origin of portmanteau
- French portemanteau porte- from porter to carry (from Old French port5) manteau cloak (from Old French mantel) (from Latin mantellum) N., senses 2a and b, in reference to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, in which Humpty Dumpty explains slithy and other made-up words in the poem “Jabberwocky” to Alice as follows: “Slithy” means “lithe and slimy” ... You see it's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Coined by Lewis Carroll in Through The Looking Glass to describe the words he coined in Jabberwocky.