Blended Words in English

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Here is how you make a blended word:

-Take two words with different meanings (“Spanish” and “English”)

-Combine the letters in some way to make a new word (“Spanglish”)

-The new word represents a combination of the sounds and meanings of the original words (“Spanglish”: switching between Spanish and English in a conversation).

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Below are some more examples. Try to guess what the original words and meaning might be before reading the explanation.

Smog

Smog is the combination of “smoke” and “fog.” It is a type of air pollutant often seen in big cities like Los Angeles, CA.

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A blend of “mock” and “cocktail,” a mocktail is a cocktail without alcohol.

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Brunch

Brunch is a hearty meal that occurs between breakfast and lunch times. In American culture, people often eat brunch on weekends.

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Staycation

When people stay near their homes on their days off work, it’s called a “staycation.” A staycation is a budget-friendly alternative to a vacation.

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Frenemy

A frenemy is a friend that you kind of hate. It’s a fusion of the words “friend” and “enemy.”

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Spork

A spork is an eating utensil that serves as both a spoon and a fork.

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Now’s your chance! Ignite your creativity and try to make your own blended words :).

 

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