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Portmanteau A-Z: An Alphabet of Portmanteau Words

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Synopsis:

In this charming little book, Rebecca May presents an AZ of portmanteau words some new, some absurd, some widely used and provides a witty definition and appealing illustration for each word, together with its derivation. Light-hearted but also highly informative, Portmanteau AZ is a testament to the richness and versatility of English, and will appeal to design and language buffs alike.

Synopsis:

What do the words ‘digerati, ‘quasar and ‘youthanasia have in common? They are all portmanteau words: words that fuse the sounds and combine the meanings of two or more separate words. The term was first used by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871), when Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice some of the unusual words in the poem ‘Jabberwocky. Today such words as ‘Oxbridge and ‘ruckus feature in everyday speech, and more portmanteau words are continuously being coined by the media. In this charming little book, Rebecca May presents an A–Z of portmanteau words – some new, some absurd, some widely used – and provides a witty definition and appealing illustration for each word, together with its derivation. Light-hearted but also highly informative, Portmanteau A–Z is a testament to the richness and versatility of English, and will appeal to design and language buffs alike.

About the Author

Rebecca May is a graphic designer and illustrator based in London. Her illustration projects include drawings for comedian Tim Keys book 25 Poems, 3 Recipes and 32 Other Suggestions (2007).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781858945415
Publisher:
Merrell
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Author:
May, Rebecca
Subject:
Form - Anecdotes
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
6 x 4.88 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this charming little book, Rebecca May presents an AZ of portmanteau words some new, some absurd, some widely used and provides a witty definition and appealing illustration for each word, together with its derivation. Light-hearted but also highly informative, Portmanteau AZ is a testament to the richness and versatility of English, and will appeal to design and language buffs alike.
"Synopsis" by ,
What do the words ‘digerati, ‘quasar and ‘youthanasia have in common? They are all portmanteau words: words that fuse the sounds and combine the meanings of two or more separate words. The term was first used by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871), when Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice some of the unusual words in the poem ‘Jabberwocky. Today such words as ‘Oxbridge and ‘ruckus feature in everyday speech, and more portmanteau words are continuously being coined by the media. In this charming little book, Rebecca May presents an A–Z of portmanteau words – some new, some absurd, some widely used – and provides a witty definition and appealing illustration for each word, together with its derivation. Light-hearted but also highly informative, Portmanteau A–Z is a testament to the richness and versatility of English, and will appeal to design and language buffs alike.

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