Blending case study: a productive way of coining new words in English 0
Blending case study: a productive way of coining new words in English

Blending case study: a productive way of coining new words in English

Blending is a very productive process of word building in modern English. That is one of the ways to create neologisms. This is my favourite way of coining new words, simply because it is very creative. Plus, when you know what words coined the new word there is absolutely no problem to guess the meaning. The name of my company LANGcheck was actually coined in such a way blending LANGuage with CHECking. Let us analyse several examples:

SMOG = comes from two words SMOke + fOG
so we blend the first part of the first word with the second part of the second word

Another example is SPORK. What the hell is spork you would ask?

SPORK = SPOon + foRK

WORKAHOLIC = WORK + alcoHOLIC

TELEGENIC = TELEvision + photoGENIC

PULSAR = PULSe + quaSAR

STAYCATION = STAY + vaCATION

SPORTSCAST = SPORTS + broadCAST

SPANGLISH = SPANish + EnGLISH

SITCOM = SITuation + COMedy

MOPED = Motor + PEDal

MOTEL = MOtor + hoTEL

MOCKTAIL = MOCK + cockTAIL

INTERNET = INTERnational + NETwork

INFOTAINMENT = INFOrmation + enterTAINMENT

HUMONGOUS = HUGe + MONstrOUS

GLOBISH = GLOBal + EnglISH

GLAMPING = GLamorous + cAMPING

FRENEMY = FRiend + ENEMY

FANZINE = FAN + magaZINE

EURASIA = EURope + ASIA

EMOTICON = EMOTion + ICON

DOCUDRAMA = DOCUmentary + DRAMA

CYBORG = CYBernetic + ORGanism

CROWDFUNDING = CROWD + FUNDING

CHUNNEL = Channel + tUNNEL (the rail tunnel beneath the English Channel joining Great Britain and France)

CAMCORDER = CAMera + reCORDER

BRUNCH = BReakfast + lUNCH (when it's too early for lunch and too late for breakfast)

BREATHALYZER = BREATH + anALYZER

BLOG = weB + LOG

Write down other blended words that you know, that have not been included in the list above, in your comments below:

 

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