The weekend cometh and that means it’s time for a brand new prompt to carry us through. This week’s writing prompt is more of a word game, and it comes directly from an article in The Guardian.
Why We Need to Invent New Words by Andrew Kaufman explores mashing together known words to create new ones. The resulting mash-ups are also known as portmanteaus, though why they are named after a type of suitcase is beyond me.
Whether you recognize the term or not, I’m sure you’re familiar with some of the more common portmanteaus that have made their way into our everyday language. For example, brunch, jazzercise, edutainment, well, you get the idea. Kaufman lists some newer incarnations in his piece, like “breadsinner,” and “digippear.”
This weekend, gather some friends or family members together and make a game of creating portmanteaus and their definitions. If you’re flying solo this week, engage in a world or wordcraft on paper. The goal, as always, is to have fun and spark some creativity.
Until next week, happy writing!
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