Once More, Unto the Blender

I have been dilatory of late, maybe even downright lazy.  And yet I don’t often seem to have time enough on my hands and enough space in my mind to post something of worth and interest in this blog.  I am appreciative of those who keep checking and maybe even hoping.

We continue on a recurring topic:  where do new words come from into the English language? Let us reflect, therefore, for a bit upon the word “blog” itself and how it became, a necessary label for a new form of communication,  a contemporary example of what is usually described by lexicographers and pragmatic linguists as the blending of two existing words into a new word.  “Blog” is a blend of “web”  and “log,”  which makes perfect sense for one to refer to a kind of journal of events kept by a writer who then publishes what he or she has written on the “Worldwide Web.”

Making up new words by a blending process is one of the most productive of forces that create new entries that, if found in wide enough usage, will be added to the next editions of dictionaries.

The most recent issue of “Time”  offers “bumpaholic” as a word entering wide enough use that it may be retained on at least a quasi-permanent basis.  Can you figure out what it might mean?

But let’s just consider other blend-words that are pretty well established in our common, uncommon, tongue.  See if you can identify the two words that made up the “blend,”  and see if you yourself sometimes use the word:

smog          infanticipate           flustration         chocaholic           brunch         interrobang            flextime        Brangelina

Do you have other favorite examples of blends?

RJR                                                                                                    Bloggers Breakfast Uptick:  What about the Rainbow Restaurant on Ramsey Street/Raleigh Road around 8:30 on Friday morning,  September 25? Those willing and interested can then go on the walk (Part Deux) from Clark Park up at least part of the Cape River Trail and back.

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13 Responses to “Once More, Unto the Blender”

  1. Disgusted Says:

    Raymond,

    I wanted to beat Marshall to the answers. 😆

    Bumpaholic – a woman who is compelled to become pregnant
    smog – smoke/fog
    infanticipate – infant/anticipate
    flustration – flustered/frustration
    chocaholic – chocolate/alcoholic
    brunch – breakfast/lunch
    interrobang – a question mark/exclamation point combined
    flextime – flexible/time
    Brangelina – Brad Pitts/Angelina Jolie

    Here’s an interesting blend – What are the blended words for “chortle”?

  2. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Raymond,

    ” And yet I don’t often seem to have time enough on my hands”
    We can only do so much. You are doing just fine.

    “Friday morning, September 25?”
    Sounds good to me.

  3. Frank B Maness,Jr. Says:

    Friday Set. 25 smells good to me!!!

  4. Marshall Faircloth Says:

    Disgusted: You are one tough cookie!

    How’s this word: “bangnexation”

  5. Marshall Faircloth Says:

    Oh yeah, chortle is a blend of chuckle and snort.

  6. Disgusted Says:

    Marshall,

    bangnexation – Big Bang/Annexation
    Did Fayetteville invent this blended word?

    You are right about “chortle”.
    Ain’t google great? 😆

  7. Disgusted Says:

    Oh! Sorry to beat you to the answers! 😆

  8. Forest Crump Says:

    “And yet I don’t often seem to have time enough on my hands and enough space in my mind to post something of worth and interest in this blog.”

    Considering the tabloid state that many of the blogs on here degenerate into it doesn’t matter much what you post.

    Looking forward to the Rainbow breakfast on the 25th this time we need to start our walk from the other side of the trail—remember.

  9. Tammy Stephens Says:

    My blog is the only one still down. Hope I haven’t been deleted. 😦

  10. Raymond Rundus Says:

    Good to get the positive responses re the “breakfast of champions” deal. Of, if you like a particular kind of omelet, maybe a “breakfast of champignons.”

    “Disgusted”: 100/A+ for your quick and accurate responses.

    Marshall picked up nicely on “chortle” as a blend word of “chuckle” and “snort.” He and “Disgusted” are probably aware that this word was coined and used by Lewis Carroll in his famous poem “Jabberwocky”:
    And hast though slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! He chortled in his joy.

    Also in further commenting on the popularity in the “celebscene” or the “fanzine” (there’s a good blend word!) of the linking of two names as a blend word for a relationship (such as “TomKat” for Mr. Cruise and Ms. Holmes), a cousin and I have a continuing scheme going on here. It started with my using “Bray” for both Billie and Ray and my Champaign cousin’s return parry with “Elbo” for Eleanor and Bob. Maybe you can do the same with your spouse or significant other. What about, for instance, “TamDan”?

    RJR

  11. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Raymond,
    “TamDan”
    That’s cute!

    (A worm is eating my blog. It just couldn’t wait for the omelet. 😦
    Melissa is working on fixing it. Currently, readers can only access it through the home page.)

  12. Marshall Faircloth Says:

    Disgusted (or as the Kingfish would say, “Regusted”):

    FYI I studied the poem “Jabberwocky” in the 11th grade. I have used AOL search since I heard that Google keeps track of what you search and sells it to “partners”.

    Perfesser:

    I think you are referring to us as (1) Champions, (2) Pigs, and (3) Minions. I would suggest that most of us are 2 out of the 3, albeit not always the same 2.

  13. bandsxbands Says:

    I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our lives, and I can say with 99% certainty that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside… I just hope that as technology further innovates, the possibility of transferring our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s a fantasy that I dream about almost every day.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running R4i DS OperaV2)

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