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What are blended words?

The English language changes all the time, with blend words such as hangry, blog and glamping becoming part of every day conversation. 

English changes all the time. Often, the language changes in response to what’s happening in the world, and something that’s becoming more and more popular in English to blend words together to create new words, like blog (web log).

Blend words are usually created in one of two ways:

1)  by adding the first part of the first word to the second part of the second word, e.g. smoke + fog = smog

2) by combining the beginnings of two words, e.g. cybernetic + organism = cyborg

Below is a list of blend words (sometimes also called portmanteaus). See if you can match the blended word with their two original words. Once you’ve had a go at guessing them, check your answers below, then, why not have a go at making up some of your own!

hangry  mass/prestige
mansplaining  chill/relax
masstige  glamorous/camping
emoticon  emote/icon
glamping  man/explaining
spork  Nigeria/Hollywood
brunch  global/English
chillax  breakfast/lunch
motel  spoon/fork
globish Bombay/Hollywood
bionic biology/electronic
Nollywood motor/hotel
Bollywood hungry/anger
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hangry (noun) hungry/anger
mansplaining (noun) man/explaining
masstige (noun) mass/prestige
emoticon (noun) emote/icon
glamping (noun) glamorous/camping
spork (noun) spoon/fork
brunch (noun) breakfast/lunch
chillax (verb) chill/relax
motel (noun) motor/hotel
globish global/English
bionic biology/electronic
Nollywood Nigeria/Hollywood
Bollywood Bombay/Hollywood


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