Portmanteaus can be dumb or brilliant, but either way they are necessary to convey a number of necessary messages in today’s day and age. We have used the same general vocabulary words for centuries, regardless how much every day life has changed. Despite all of the language monotony, a few new words and portmanteaus have managed to infiltrate the system.
By definition, a portmanteau is something consisting of two or more parts. A literary portmanteau is the combination of two words that create a new meaning. For instance, ‘brunch’ is a combination of ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’, literally and figuratively. Brunch is a commonly used portmanteau to this day, although it was originally added to the Webster Dictionary in 1913.
The boom of technology and the Internet has changed every day life, and as a result, many new portmanteaus have cropped up in our common knowledge vocabulary, like ‘texting,’ ‘sexting’ and ‘Googling.’
Here are 24 brilliant portmanteaus you will only find in the Urban Dictionary, at least as of now. Each one describes modern society perfectly and in such genius ways, you never know some of these portmanteaus might be in the official dictionary before long!