PORTMANTEAU is an English term that originates from the French words: porter (carry) and manteau (cloak). It literally refers to a large travelling case, usually made of leather.
A Portmanteau word is a blend of two words that creates another word with a new meaning. A popular example is brunch (a combination of the words breakfast and lunch). The author Charles L. Dodgson, who was known by his pseudonym “Lewis Carroll”, coined this term to refer to the words he invented, such as mimsy, a combination of “miserable and flimsy”.
Here is a series of portmanteau words used in the context of recent news headlines.
Britain + Exit.
Don’t tune out yet: Britain’s Brexit odyssey is far from over
Opinion–The Guardian–Jan 31, 2020
Smoke + Fog.
Malicious + Software
Situation + Comedy
This combination of words comes from eating “al fresco” (in the open air) and “at your desk” in the office.
Man + Explaining. When a man explains something to a woman in a patronising way.
Screen + Teenager. Teenagers who spend too much time looking down at their screens.
Information + Entertainment. Information presented in an entertaining format. Also called soft news.
Friend + Enemy. So, not a good friend at all, more like an enemy.
Work + Alcoholic. Addicted to work.