This page probably falls somewhere
in between trivia and useless information, but we'll go ahead and
paste it up anyway, on account of we have terabytes of bandwidth...
those skorts (or is it a skort?)
Portmanteaux (that's the plural
of portmanteau, do you ken, laddie?) are literary devices that combine
two words into one with a blended meaning, like motel (motor hotel),
spork (spoon fork) and skorts (skirt shorts, sometimes simply "skort").
Portmanteau is similar, but different from an acronym,
which uses just a letter or two of words in a string to produce
a new word or name.
The origin of the word has something
to do with a suitcase that had two compartments, according to Wikipedia.
Check out Wikipedia's post on Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky
and you'll learn portmanteau from the master.
Engineers and their friends
in marketing tend to be portmanteau creators, without even knowing
the term. We'll throw out a few here and keep adding to the list as we come across more. Be sure to reference this page when you write your term paper on the subject...
alnico (aluminum nickel cobalt)
technically this might be considered an acronym...
Cakelike's song Lorraine's Car contains the lyric, "I'm gonna be sick all over your pleather, stop the car!" One of the greatest yet unappreciated all-girl acts of all time, in one of the greatest videos about a twisted topic: Lorraine is abducting kids. We need more girl bands in this world, ladies, get busy!