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...
Greengineering (green engineering,
actually a trademark of a land
development company that should be able to cash in on it)
Gunnplexer (Gunn diode oscillator, duplexer). Thanks to Sebastian, who explains:
Gunnplexers are generally 2-way systems. They include the gun diode for signal generation and another microwave mixer diode for the receive path. The duplexer in a Gunnplexer actually works by means of separating the direction of the circular polarization.
HELIAX helical coax, a registered trademark of Andrews LLC
HiFi (high fidelity, remember
(Greek word "klyzo", which refers to waves breaking
on a beach, combined with "electron")
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!
tabletizer (tablet digitizer, mostly obsoleted by touch screens)
tarmac (tar macadam) Scottish Engineer John McAdam developed the science of how to surface roads back in the 18th century known, in a process that came to be known as "macadam". Edgar Hooley patented a tar-gravel mix in 1902 in England and launched a business. Hooley's floundering Tarmac company was bought by Alfred Hickman in 1905 and who used steel mill tailings in the tarmac process, a win-win situation. Today, "tarmac" is used interchangeably with the word "asphalt".