A word blend is formed by combining two separate words with different meanings to form a new one. These words are often created to describe a new invention or phenomenon that combines the definitions or traits of two existing things. Word blends are also known as portmanteau, a French word meaning “trunk” or “suitcase.” Author Lewis Carroll is credited with coining this term in “Through the Looking Glass.
English is a dynamic language that is constantly evolving. Many of the words in the English language are derived from ancient Latin and Greek or from other European languages such as German or French. But starting in the 20th century, blended words began to emerge to describe new technologies or cultural phenomena. For instance, as dining out became more popular, many restaurants began serving a new weekend meal in the late morning. It was too late for breakfast and too early for lunch, so someone decided to make a new word that described a meal that was a little bit of both. Thus, “brunch” was born.
Now let’s look at some examples of word blends:
Eh,don’t worry Jesus ,you will get a hang of it ! Just like we are getting a hang of some new blended forms !Happy Learning!
Written by: Ayushi Maheshwari