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frankenword (plural frankenwords)
- (neologism) A word formed by combining two (or more) other words; a portmanteau.
2005 December 15, Ruma Singh, “Know some good frankenwords?”, in Bangalore Times:
- But what's noteworthy is the smorgasbord of new vocabulary, including 'frankenwords' (words joined to create new words) which deal with everyday situations.
2007 February 1, M. Thelwall & R. Prabowo, “Identifying and characterising public science-related fears from RSS feeds”, in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, volume 58, number 3:
- Noun phrase identification is extremely time consuming and may incorrectly process new words that emerge during a debate, eg frankenwords invented during the genetically modified food debate.
2009 Fall, Ann duCille, “Marriage, Family, and Other" Peculiar Institutions" in African-American Literary History”, in American Literary History, volume 21, number 3, DOI:10.1093/alh/ajp016:
- A combination of "salvation" and "sacrifice," the coinage "salvific" does not necessarily flow trippingly from the tongue, but the monograph hardly needs a frankenword to make the case for the enduring relationship between African-American letters and racial uplift.
portmanteau word — see portmanteau word