26 Portmanteaus in a new book

There’s a new book celebrating the art of combining two words into a new word: Portmanteau A-Z: An Alphabet of Portmanteau Words by Rebecca May (Merrell Publishers, $14.95.) It’s hardly encyclopedic, she only chooses 26 words. But Lewis Carroll is credited and discussed in the introduction, and┬áJabberwocky is quoted at the beginning. Among the words she chooses are galumph, uffish, mimsy, Frankenfood, Oxbridge, ruckus (a blend of “ruction” and “rumpus!” I never knew!) and stumblesharf.

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