Portmanteau: What Is It?

What is a Portmanteau

In one sense, a portmanteau (pronounced port-man-toh or port-man-too) is a large suitcase which opens into two hinged compartments, but we are concerned with its other definition, a word coined by blending two or more words. The word “portmanteau” is itself a portmanteau, formed by combining the word “porter” (to carry) with the word manteau (coat, mantle). You will be familiar with more modern examples: brunch (breakfast + lunch), smog (smoke + fog), and motel (motor + hotel). But there are many more.

Originally a portmanteau was a court official who was designated to carry the robes of a king in a case with two compartments. Eventually, the case itself, with its two, hinged compartments was called a portmanteau. Today's usage – a word formed from two or more words - comes from Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass. Humpty Dumpty is explaining to Alice the coinage of the strange words in the poem Jabberwocky, considered by many to be the greatest nonsense poem ever written in the English Language:

“ 'Slithy' means 'lithe and slimy'...You see it's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed into one word,” and later “ ' Mimsy' is 'flimsy and miserable,' there's another portmanteau for you.”

Carroll later explains the word when he says “Humpty Dumpty's theory, of two meanings packed into one word like a portmanteau, seems to me the right explanation for all. For instance, take the two words "fuming" and "furious." Make up your mind that you will say both words ... you will say "fumious."

photo by matthoov / flickr
photo by matthoov / flickr
photo by johnmuk / flickr
photo by johnmuk / flickr
photo Dust Mason / flickr
photo Dust Mason / flickr

Portmanteaus Before and After

There were some examples of such words in use before Carroll coined the term for them. In 1823, the word anecdotage was first recorded, and was a combination of “anecdote” and “dotage”, suggesting a garrulous old age. Squirl, from “squiggle” and “whirl” to describe a handwriting flourish, appeared in 1843. Herman Mehlville used the word snivelization in 1849, from “snivel” and “civilization.”

Portmanteaus Commonly Used

Portmanteaus are so common that often we don't realize when we are using them. Some are obviously a combination of words, some are humorous, and some are highly descriptive.

Some examples are:

Tanzania – Formed when the republics Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged.

Spork – An eating utensil, half spoon, half fork.

Motown - Combination of “motor” and “town.”

Blaxploitation - Combining “black” and “exploitation.”

Beefalo - “Beef” plus “Buffalo.”

Blog – “Web” plus “Log.”

Breathalyser – “Breath” plus “Analyzer,” which unfortunately, many of you are familiar with.

Glitz – “Glamour” plus “Ritz.”

Chortle - “Chuckle” plus “Snort,” another Lewis Carroll creation.

Prissy - “Prim” plus “sissy.”

Sexcapade - “Sex” plus “Escapade,” which some of you have been involved in.

Camcorder - “Camera” plus “Recorder,” what some of you take to your sexcapade.

Infotainment - “Information” plus “Entertainment,” what you create when you use you camcorder at your sexcapade.

Sexpert - “Sex” plus “Expert,” what you become after creating infotainment with your camcorder at a sexcapade.

Humongous - “Huge” plus “Monstrous,” a word heard while creating infotainment with your camcorder at a sexcapade.

Palimony – “Partner” plus “Alimony,” the lawsuit you are slapped with after your significant other views your infotainment created with your camcorder at a sexcapade. It is usually humongous and you are sorry you ever became a sexpert.

And these are just a few. For a much more extensive list of portmanteaus, please go here.

Monicagate
Monicagate

Portmanteaus by Prefix or Suffix

Created by attaching a prefix or suffix from one word onto another, these portmanteaus give the same association to the newly created words. The most common example would be the word “Watergate.” Suddenly every scandal became a gate word. When the news of the Iran-Contra affair broke, it was called contragate. The Clinton's involvement in Whitewater became Whitewatergate. Another example of portmanteau's is by attaching the suffix oholic from alcoholic, which gives us chocoholic, foodoholic, and sexoholic.

Thus, when a certain activity involving a stogie between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky became public, it was called Monicagate and we learned Clinton was a cigaroholic. We also learned that sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar, which was formerly a Freudism and is now a Reillobite (Reilly + soundbite.)

There are many examples of portmanteaus using a common prefix right here on HubPages. Hubtivity (hub + activity) is an example of a hubword. The HubPages staff is credited with coining hublove as part of a promotion in February, 2008. The popular hubword Hubaholic was first set in print by Jimmy the Jock in April, 2007. Hubpressure was coined by RockinJoe in January, 2009. In response to Joe, I coined the term hubberoids, which comes from sitting on your butt too long while hubbing. The word hubalicious has been used on occasion. A hubber gave herself the moniker when she signed up for HubPages in March, 2008. She wrote no hubs however and was never active. Most current usage is documented as coming from one Pam Roberson, a popular hubber who also created the character C.A. Hubberpants.  This portmanteau used in a sentence by Pam first appeared in print in January, 2009.

Hubjacking, both the term and the activity, where a hubgang of hubbers goes onto a hub and takes over the comment section to discuss whatever strikes their fancy, was first created in November, 2008, by gwendymom, spryte, and this writer. It was gwendymom who first coined the portmanteau, whereas the activity just evolved. It should be noted that hubjacking is very good for the hub that is jacked, which raises its hubscore considerably. Additionally, the hub in question should be “lonely,” low-scoring with few comments, and unattended by the author. It's not a hubjacking if the author is in on it. Then it is a hubride (hub + joyride)

There was a forum in which hubbers created many portmanteaus using the prefix hub. I was unable to locate it. Any links to the forum in question, when located and forwarded to me, will be appreciated and posted promptly.


Branjolina is just a portmanteau
Branjolina is just a portmanteau

Portmanteaus with Proper Names

Almost everyone is familiar with these cute couple names. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie became Branjolina. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopes were tagged Benifer. Let us consider some possible future hubber couple portmanteaus. If Misha got together with Indian Hubber Shalini, they would be called Mishalini. If Randy Behavior and BlondePoet hooked up, I don't know what their name would be but I would get my camcorder and create infotainment taping their sexcapade and probably become a sexpert with humongous profits and damn the palimony!

And now you know about the portmanteau. Have a hubappiday! (hub + happy + day)

Photo Credits

Spork1, mathoov, flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathoov/2948015777/;

Camcorder, johnmuk, flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jm999uk/182369812/

Sexpert, Dust Mason, flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiftyfeet/120097172/

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Amy G 7 years ago

See? I really do learn something new everyday! I really enjoyed this one!


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

You could have joined Shadesbreath as an English professor with this knowledge.

So Humpty Dumpty had no meaning and was thrown in to confuse children? A fine jabberwocky of a thingymagiggywhatsit.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Ha!  I loved that word as a kid because of Alice and Wonderland and because I loved the French language.  (I learned it in French before i learned it in Alice, if I'm remembering correctly. Of course it could be that I learned it in Alice and when I learned it in French I remembered or re-read Alice and understood it so that it seemed like I had learned it in French first.) I was a Grench girl, or a Freek girl. (Greek French - French Greek) LOL

Perfect humor and great information combined beautifully once again Chris.  Or shall I say this is a humative hub!

Oh yeah, so when people say "glitz and glamor" they're actually being redundant, aren't they.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Amy G: Thanks for the visit! So great to see you. Glad you liked it and thanks for the comment!

@Jewels: Hi jewels! How ya doin? Geez, on a level with Shadesbreath...I don't know. Thanks for the compliment though. Appreciate it! Hope you're well!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Frieda: Oui, oui, Madmoiselle! Thanks for the drop by! Humormative? Humomation? Thanks for leaving your comment!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Credit for the term hubjacking I believe belongs to Gwendymom too. I sorta remember its first useage....but it's kinda fuzzy. :)

Snivelization...gawd....that's such a perfect description of life NOW! I'm borrowing it. I'm not sure where or when I'll use it....but it's mine for a while. I'll bring it back when I'm done.

I thought I knew the definition of portmanteau when I started to read your hub. I was therefore very pleased to realize I didn't know as much as I thought I did and learned something new. Thank you!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Spryte! Great to see you on this late Tuesday eve..(or early Wednesday morn, as the case may be.) Honored that you came out to read this tonight...it shows you care (tear). I was pretty sure it was gwendy too, but I wasn't positive. I see people using it and doing it now. Funny. I like snivelization too. Hard to believe it was Mehlville so long ago. It fits perfect now!

Thank you for the treat of saying hi!


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

I wonder if this kind of 'Fusion' could cause 'Confusion'. For instance ...Mishalini. LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Anj: I'm sure it could! Ha, ha! it did me. I'll have to come up with a name for you. I'll have to work on it. Thanks for the comment!


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Can I use those definitions with my Chinese students? ;)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Christoph - your writing never fails to delight. And entertain and enliven and give us our laughter dose for the day! And I'm honoured to find mention in your hubs - even if it isn't really me you're referring to :D

Yet another superlative Christophering to light up the Hubtivity Highway!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@justmesuzanne:  Uh...which definitions did you have in mind?  I don't see why not.  They're adults aren't they?  On the other hand, you might have to explain too much.  Thanks for coming by and the comment.

@Shalini: Thank you for your kind words, which you give out like gifts.  I am fortunate to receive them.  Of course it was meant to be you, but you're my friend.  I wouldn't hook you up with Misha!  That would be mean.  Ha! (Just kidding, Misha, old pal.)  See, that was an inside joke from me to me.  You wanna be hooked up with Misha, just say the word.

You're one of my absolute favorites.  Just remember this tomorrow: "I knew your name was coming, so I waited."  Tomorrow, all will be revealed!  Then we'll see who likes who!  Thank you for stopping by and honoring me with your thoughts.


pgrundy 7 years ago

Wow, very informative! I love Lewis Carroll's work. It's early in the morning, and I need several more cups of coffee right now--otherwise I'd include a witty portmanteau in this comment, but I'm still drooling and running into furniture.

That goes on all day sometimes. :)


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Delighted to read this one! It's so interesting to watch a language evolve. Why doesn't someone push to get all the hub-related words into the Oxford Dictionary? Some of you could stand to earn some royalty! :P


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Just wanted to say I enjoyed it a lot...I love wordplay. One minor thing you may want to edit...at the top...Motel.....is motor + hotel. then you can delete this comment.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Chris thanks for enightening us. I knew it already tho'. and have ued the word seveal times myself. cool nice thing to know


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

Chris you are so entertaining. Frieda is right, you are so humative! I'm flattered that you included mine and blonde's hubscapades!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Oh no! I followed CC in here an noticed that my previous comment isn't here! Perhaps it's waiting approval? Maybe it got lost in the hubsphere? Okay, I'll say it again just in case, and if the other one pops up too, then delete the one you like the least! lol!

Okay, what did I say before...great hub...blah, blah, blah...I always love to laugh while I'm learning something new, and I did learn some new things here. It was particularly funny how you managed to incorporate the word "sexcapade" into every following definition for each portmanteau example. :D Then there was some more blah, blah, blah (very good blah-blah's of course).

I recall some portmanteau words with the prefix "hub"...you came up with "hubberoids" on rockinjoe's Hub Pressure hub. Hubpressure could be another one. Hubaholic is one, but i can't remember who came up with that.

Oh how my brain is hurting from trying to remember my brilliant and glowing comment I wrote earlier! ;) lol! I do remember ending by saying that I appreciate your mention of Ms. Hubberpants, and thank you for a highly entertaining read...as usual! :) Oh, and you are hubalicious. :D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@pgrundy: Wow! Helen Keller had nothing on you. By all means, have your coffee (I'm on my 2nd cup.) Wouldn't want you drooling on my hub or running into other commenters. Thanks for coming by for a visit, zombie-like though you were.

@Feline Profit: Glad you came by and enjoyed the read. We might do better starting small. I have a connection over at Funk and Wagnell's (My dad went to college with Funk, and my mom dated Wagnell) so we'll get the hubwords in there first, then Oxford will have to take us!

@R. Blue: Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip-off. I could've read that 1000 more times and never caught that "flypo". Or is it a "flurb?". Thanks!

@C.C. I know I couldn't put anything over on you, C.C. Glad you came by though, and hopefully you got a couple of chuckles.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Hey Chris

Your hubs always make me feel like I'm being acculturated and bred with breeding and all that nice classy stuff! But the nice thing is, you don't sound highbrow and in fact quite the opposite. Your hubs are always a learning experience. Thanks for always sharing a piece of that brilliant mind of yours that I fear I'm starting to envy (laced with hatred, of course - but just a dash!) :D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Randy Behavior: Hi, Randy! Thanks so much for the generous compliment. "Hubcapades!" That's a good one! You've created a "hubmanteau!" It'll go down in history! Thanks, mysterious one!

@Pam Roberson: Uh-uh. I don't want the FBI version of your comment, where half of it is "blah blahd" out! Who are you? What have you done with Pam? Really though, your comment goes above and beyond in kindness and generosity (even though the FBI blah blahd out). I forgot about all those hubwords. How could I leave out "hubaholic?" I forgot all about Joe's hub. I'll have to go look and probably link to it. It was funny, when I was writing this and doing the hubpages search to identify who said what first, and I entered "hubalicious," it was mostly you saying the word to me. I was so flattered. I was going to mention it in the article but I didn't want to brag or embarass you. So I'm bragging and embarassing you now!

No foolin', you are a sweetheart. You can really put a smile on my face and I thank you for that. Thank you, Pam. Your generosity knows no bounds!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Cris A: Aw...you hate me. That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me all day! "Acculturated" is a good word...I had to look it up. Happy you feel that way and it's a very nice thing to say about me not coming off "high-brow." Interestingly, that gives me a great deal of pleasure to think that. I appreciate your telling me that. Thanks, Cris, for the kind words!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

You never cease to amaze me with your knowledge and ability to share it in a way that mere mortals can understand!  I love love love witty wordsmithing! 

Your fan forever,

JamaGenee (pajamas + genealogist)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@JamaGenee: Wow! Thanks! As you know (or maybe you don't) I am a huge fan of yours. Thanks so much for your kind words. Is that really what JamaGenee means? Ah. Of course it is. The history of graveyards and your fantastic research. It all makes sense. That made me laugh and it's so perfect! I don't know much about genealogy, but I know you have great genes (and probably look great in jeans!) Sorry. I'm a "hubflirt!" Thank you, Jama!


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Research Analyst 7 years ago

What a great read, I do enjoy words and how they can be combined to create new meaning, its so true how the media has taken two famous celebrity couples and turned them into a one word phenomenon.

My favorite is bootylicious, which has made its way to the dictionary as meaning a sexually attractive buttocks,.... which I guess if you are just learning the english language.

booty + delicious can get a little confusing since a booty is also referred to as a rich gain or prize, Where as delicious is defined as appealing to one of the bodily senses especially of taste or smell, okay I guess I should stop while I am ahead... LOL 


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Research Analyst: Thanks for dropping by. I knew of the word bootylicious, of course, but had no idea it was in the dictionary. That's something. "licous" is one of the suffix's that can be affixed to many words and instantly make their meanings clear.

I don't think I have the skills necessary to teach English to foreigners. The English language is hard enough for me to understand! Ha! Thank you for the comment!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Wow! This is the meat of my infotainment, and the root of my hubaholism.  I love words.   Such writing engenders friscalations in my head. I am just glad that you used spork before you got into sexcapade. ;)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Ahhhh so all was revealed! Tomorrow, I love you - thanks for the mention Christoph! Congrats - that was an honour that was long overdue!

Have they done away with the Hubber of the Week "About Me" hubs? I haven't seen one in a while! I did so enjoy a peek into the personal life of.....!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Lovely to learn something new and have fun while doing it, muchas gracias for the entertainment and education!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Paper Moon: You had me at friscalations.

@Shalin: Yet you deserve so much more! As far as I know, they have done away with the "about me" hubs (thank god...I would've hated writing one.) It wasn't mentioned to me or Patricia before me.

Thanks for coming by!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Elena, my sweet! Thanks for coming by and the nice comment. Glad you liked it!

Besos!


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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK

How about "Cortocracy" - combination of corporation and aristocracy, the people who rule our world. Thanks for the mention in your interview Christoph. Good to see you recognised.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

C.J. I like that: Cortacracy. Says a lot just like it's supposed to. Your welcome and thanks. Good to see you.


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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Just realised, "Meritocracy", rule by the most talented (never actually realised in the real world). Perhaps we should amend it to "Dumbocracy".


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

hmmmm? I learned something new today. So that's what it's called. thanks CR! :)


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland

This was so funny to read. Sadly, I didn't realise some of your examples were not actual words of their own making! My personal fave is the spork :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

C.J. It IS more fitting. There is less and less merit in the highly positioned.

Sheena: Hi! Great to see you. Thanks for the comment.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ardie: Hi! Where ya been? Out of the country? Flying to the moon? Yes, but isn't it interesting how words evolve? Some of these clearly came from necessity while others are just ultra-descriptive. So glad to see you here, and visiting my hub! Thanks for your comment!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Christoph, I *do* know you're a huge fan, and not a doubt in my mind that you have great genes that make you look great in jeans, you hubflirt you! ;D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

JamaGenee: Be still my hubheart!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

CR, I am sorry I did not get around to reading this earlier. OMG you are so funny. I chorlted through this whole hub. Spork, how can anyone not love that word. It's two of the best things combined, I wish I had invented it. I wonder if there is a market for a spife?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I just read your interview, Intersting stuff. I would have ran from that house too, and never looked back. I want to thank you for the mention. You are too kind and probably one of the funniest people I know. BTW can we change our uniform to something a little more classy?

Thanks CR, really. You're the best!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendymom: Hi, Gwen. I love the word spork too. Actually, there is a spife I think, or maybe it's a knork. It's on that list that I link to. You're welcome for the mention. The idea with the coveralls is that you then cut them up and make them sexy, kind of like a Daisy Mae look, but if you have a better look in mind, bring it up at the next indoctrinat....uh, meeting and I'll second it.

Thanks for reading and the comment!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Absolutely marvelous word play and investigation. I think you could make millions of writings just by perusing the OED and adding your charm, wit, and skill. Add some SEO as well, and you will be among the top Internet millionaires in the US, not by virtue of manipulating the system, but by virtue of who you are and what you give. Awesome, Christoph.

Thank you so much for the mention in your HP interview. I don't know that you know what you mean to me...I guess we mean all that to each other.

As Elena would say, besos, and more than that, muchos besos!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally: As usual, thank you for your kind and generous words. If only the "millionaire" part were true. Hmmmm. Maybe I'll look into that. My pleasure to have mentioned you. I could fill out an entire page telling what you have meant to me.

Thank you, most sincerely.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I didn't know that you were part of coining the word "hubjacking" , that is wonderful Christoph and by the way I read your interview it was wonderful !!:)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi AEvans. Mostly I was just "there" when Gwendymom coined the word "hubjacking." It was a hoot at the time! Still is! Thanks so much for your comment regarding this hub and the interview. You really know how to spread some "hublove!"


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Chris:

What a joy to open my email and see you as the hubber of the week! Your interview made me smile...tell me...how is it all done?? Do you get time to think up something witty to write or no?


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

great interview mate.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Spryte. Thanks! I'll shoot you an email (oooo, like it's a big trade secret!) hahah!

Thanks Charlie. I appreciate it!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL! Good...I could use an email...my inbox is falling asleep :)


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Another wonderful language hub -kepp 'em comin'!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Spryte: Ok...uh...I'm not gonna touch that one.

@LondonGirl: Glad you liked it. I might do some more. Thanks!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Ok where's all the action tonight?


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

CR- another good walk through, professor, I didn't know you were so O.G. on coming out with those expressions with GM and Spryte. This place needs a good hubjack thats for sure.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*glares at Christoph*

You know...I thought that was perfectly innocent until I saw it through your eyes. Now I have to go take a shower...ewwwwwwww!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Gwendymom: No action for me tonight. I was scanning my computer for spyware and trojan horses.

@goldentoad: Oh, yeah. I'm OG. I'm a different dude now. Couple a months doin a bit in the house changes a homey.

@Spryte: Earlier, I was having a conversation about me being a big flirt, and I wondered why I don't flirt with my dear friend Spryte. Now I remember! (I meant the line, you know. The joke that popped into my head without my consent.)


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat says - 'brunch' is one of favourite portmanteau words. There are several meal possibilities in my household, depending on who is here, and what time it is.

We kick off the day with breakfast (which I belive comes from 'break the fast' so maybe it is related to a portmanteau). When hunger pangs stike, it's time for brunch (of course), followed by lunch, and a little bit later 'lea'. A bit later, we remember that we're in England, and have a bite of tea. If there is some reason why some people are late for the evening meal, we fill the gap with 'tinner'. And hope that we will soon tuck in to our dinner. If there a still a pocket of hunger, one can sneak into the kitchen for 'dupper'. To help achieve a sound nights sleep, we have a small supper, but if anyone cannot sleep, the kitchen remains open all night for 'supfast'.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Brilliant hub CR. I really enjoyed this one but I am stunned that you need to write a whole hub to tell everyone that I was an anecdotage practioner! I thought my name said it all! I think this hub was very hubcinct!

The comments of course being hubdrawer as usual.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@2Patricias: With all that activity in the apparantly super-stocked kitchen of yours - not to mention two classy ladies - I know where I'll be staying on my next skip across the pond. Hey, I'm a good cook and I don't mind doing the dishes either. How does one make reservations?

@sixtyorso: Yes, I left your name out as I knew that those in the know would recognise a garrulous teller of anecdotes when they saw one. Thanks for the comment...and the anecdote.

@badcompany99: Your old Gran sounds like a right wise woman. Thanks for the visit!


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

thanks for the great read. I also enjoyed your interview.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thank you, Benson. I appreciate your visit and the mention of the Int. Have a good one!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

What do you mean we don't flirt? Of course we flirt! This is the part where I act all offended and prudish and you, realizing that I'm just playing hard to get, grab the soap and join me...

Geesh....I'm just trying not to be OBVIOUS. *rolls my eyes*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

(Oh. Thanks for the tip.) Ha, ha! You're just playing hard to get. Now hand me that soap! And stop rolling your eyes!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Yay! Okay...here's the soap. I'll go get the cat. This will be so much fun!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Egad! The cat? That again? I still have scratches from the last time!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Did we already try that one? Okay...umm....lemme think a moment.

Two cats? No? I can see you frowning with that "C'mon spryte...think of something" look.

Oh oh! I know....let's unroll an entire case of bubble wrap in one lonnnnnnng sheet...soap it up and see if we can slide all the way down without popping any bubbles. But of course if we do that would be fun too. It has to be the GIANT bubble bubble wrap though...don't you agree?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cool. A slip and slide! I'm in!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Can I have a try on the slip and slide too? Please Please!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Gwendy! Of course you can...you don't even have to ask.

Mebbe we can combine the two ideas, Chris...soap up the cat and send it down the slip n' slide?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I want to see him soap up the cat, this could get interesting!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

OMG!  My apartment in New York was a railroad apt., so it was one room attached to, end on end, which made one, long wood floor from one end to the other.  After having been away for the summer, but leaving my cat with my roommates, I learned they had been playing "Bowling with Cats," virtually "bowling" him down the entire length of the apartment.  I was pissed!  Poor thing. He had gone out the window and never come back.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL! I'm a cat lover in the extreme...but still...BAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Umm...I mean...how tragic! Poor kitty.

Gotta dash...it's raid night on WoW and I have some monsters to slay and goodies to get. Catch you all later!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ooooo. Meany!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I'm back...monsters dead and a new robe as a reward. Mmmmm.....pretty!

And I'm not a meanie! I've never harmed a hair on my cats' heads....but I can't say the same for humiliation. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I know. I am the same. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love that!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

You are a smart smart writer, you always manage to come up with things I have never heard of. Well you are certainly educating me. First class once again, and may I say that last little excerpt just tickled my fancy hahaha.Randy and I oooo that's a mighty combo LMAO.We have over time had some shall we say..dirty moments..


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

yahooooooooo just noticed you are 100 again, well done yayy...crikeys I will get their one day..have to develop a strategy lol


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

blondepoet: Thanks so much for the kind words. Hey, you stick with me kiddo and I'll get you to 100 and back again! There's your strategy for you!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Heck I will be in that. thanks so much I'm all yours, I am all ears


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

grub is not a good portmanteau for "great hub"; nor is superub, fantasticub, or brillianub. oh dear. I'm not very good at this, am I?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

BP: Um...oh, really? I'd better think of something.

Teresa: Thanks for the portmanteaus!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hahaha I thought you had it all in control xox

What is this you are Hubber Of The Week whaaatt,where does it say that, I never knew this, show me the way (Peter Frampton)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi BP! I'll get something together. Here is the interview link you requested:

http://blog.hubpages.com/2009/04/hubber2hubber-chr...


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I think I'm a portmanteau.


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

If you ever get to Queensland, Australia you may be asked if you want a hand with your "port" - nowhere else in Australia - just Queensland - truly weird!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

@Spryte: Spry + neophyte? Actually, there's a pill for that.

@Lizzie: That's interesting. I would reply, "No thankyou, I can drink the bottle all by myself." Thanks for the comment.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Well don't I just feel all educated, now!? Your hubs always generate a ginormous amount of comments, and it takes me forever to make my way to the bottom. And, as usual, I come away realizing that I'm not as smart as I thought I was. I feel so pathetisad!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

B.T: Do I detect a bit of sarcasm in that first sentence? (I was going to make a portmanteau from hubber + sarcasm, but that makes "hubasm," which is a totally different thing.)

Thanks for the comment, which is hubpreciated!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Well I think you could go with hubcasm. That would be ok, as opposed to hubgasm, whuch would be the reaction to a really, really good hub. Your hubs, however, often result in a hubpiphany!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'm hubumbled!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I read it oh that was kalabunga. I never knew hubbers were interviewed.I must have been in the Dark Ages,thank God I have seen the light


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

I feel as silly as my a co-worker of mine should have a few years ago when she admitted that she thought "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was an original song written for "The Lion King". I only knew this word from Alice in Wonderland and didn't know it has a meaning in everyday life.

LOL @ the slip and slide......


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

blondepoet: Glad you thought it was "kalabunga."

Laughingmom: Glad you stopped by and that the slip 'n slide made laughingmom laugh. Thanks!


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

Fun Hub, Christoph - but I've always thought my girlfriend made up "humongous" in the 1970's. :) Live and learn. (On the other hand, she was also one to use "humunga" (which is, I guess, "a-whole-nother" thing completely). (Good to see Humpty Dumpty again. I haven't seen him for a long time. )


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Strewth cobber this a great game I reckon I gotta pointmytoe word,

howsabout 'absobloodylutely'.

I love reedin yaw Ub's mate, i jest lurn so much off of em.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Lisa HW: Humongous aside, humunga is a great word, so she gets props from me for that one. Thank you for coming by. You know, Humpty Dumpty missed you too, Alice....er....Lisa. Don't be a stranger! Thank you for the comment!

hairy A.S.S.: I'll be thinkin' you're a right proper Aussie lad with a cold brew in one hand and a compliment in t'other. It's a pleasure, i'tiz!


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kea 7 years ago

Excellent hub! I recently had to explain to some students the portmanteau "malware" - malicious + software.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

kea: Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it, as I enjoyed your comment!


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Beautifully built hub. What a hubsmith you are!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks ernest, for the compliment. It's appreciated. I owe you one (or two, or three.)


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Much hubaloo about nothing (apologies to Will)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sixty: Another hubnon-sequiture?


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

hubsalutely!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, hub it your way, then. Thanks for the visit. You' ve been scarce for a few days.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Yes I took a few days break at the coast and got a cold (swine 'flu?) for my troubles. Cough cough - ouch.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Oh. Sorry to hear that. Glad you're feeling better and welcome back.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for your good wishes.

PS (for Hairy) I think that The captain's story is a hubnovelette or a hubsaga or is it a true hubseries?

Perhaps it is a mobhub as opposed to a hubmob effort?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

You're welcome. Hey...MobHub is good. Very good!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL Love ya guys! Great reading and comments, thank you Chris and Anjali :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misha: Thanks for coming by and glad you liked it. I didn't mean to single you out, but it was the best sounding one I could come up with. Thanks!


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diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

Geat hub: I was flubbergasted (A flabbergasted hubber - well, I ain't as good as you!) Sort of hub one thinks, Wish I'd written that.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

diogenes: Thank you so much! Appreciate it, and you comment is most welcome!


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buckleupdorothy 4 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

Oof, had quite a job getting to the end of all those comments.

Nevertheless, seeing as I did make it all the way down here, I may as well throw in my own commendations. Incidentally, my portmanteau lesson is one of the most popular among English language learners - nothing quite as good as learning legitimate ways to play around in a newish language!

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