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Portmanteaus Quiz

A portmanteau is the combining of two words to make a new word. For example Man + Purse = Murse. Guess the "components" of these portmanteaus.
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Last updated: August 30, 2015
First submittedJuly 12, 2011
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Paratrooper
Parachute
Trooper
 
Chunnel
Channel
Tunnel
 
Pleather
Plastic
Leather
Permafrost
Permanent
Frost
 
McMansion
McDonald's
Mansion
 
Brangelina
Brad
Angelina
Pluot
Plum
Apricot
 
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
 
Turducken
Turkey
Duck
Chicken
Sexile
Sex
Exile
 
Pro-Am
Professional
Amateur
 
Bennifer
Ben
Jennifer
Spanglish
Spanish
English
 
Cyborg
Cybernetic
Organism
 
Smog
Smoke
Fog
Blog
Web
Log
 
Jeggings
Jeans
Leggings
 
Toonie
Two
Loonie
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level 45
Aug 24, 2011
What on earth is "Permafrost"?
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level 38
Mar 15, 2013
go to the tundra. you'll become familiar with it VERY fast. (:
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level 59
Aug 21, 2014
Well lets think........ maybe its 'permanent'... 'frost'....? Just a wild guess!!!!!!!
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level 43
Jun 22, 2016
Precisely, earth.
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level 76
Dec 17, 2018
Yessa. True.
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level 34
Jun 25, 2016
The area in Siberia, Scandinavia and Canada where the ground is permanently frozen solid. Not ice, just frozen ground.
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level 56
Apr 9, 2017
For your information, permafrost, a frozen underground area which has been its form for several eras, takes up 90% of carbon dioxide in the Earth. In which it implies is that when the Earth get hotter and the permafrost melts, there would be a significant emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus the global warming would then be seriously worsened, which is known as the 'positive feedback mechanism'.
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level 56
Apr 9, 2017
And the above information is within the curriculum of geography (at least Hong Kong is)
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level 76
Dec 17, 2018
Curly haired frost.
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level 73
Nov 1, 2011
@GeckoIX; It's actually soil that is permanently frozen, not ice/snow. You can have permafrost without ice & snow. A.k.a. cryotic soil.
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level 70
Nov 29, 2018
Soil, as a solid, is already "frozen". It's the moisture in the soil that freezes. If it stays frozen all year round, year after year, then it's permafrost.
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level 16
Apr 19, 2014
Jean should be allowed for Jeggings.
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level 43
Sep 16, 2014
No. No, it shouldn't. Not once in my life have I heard anyone refer to them as 'Jean'.
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level 77
Jun 22, 2016
Denim pants are always jeans but the leggings are usually jean leggings. Otherwise it sounds as though you are referring to a person named Jean Sleggings.
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level 46
Jun 23, 2016
that's why you say 'jeggings'
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level 76
Dec 17, 2018
And her sister Jenny Jeggings.
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
saying jean instead of jeans, is like saying pant instead of pants to me. Not sure if it is officially correct and/ or if that is the case everywhere.

If something is made of the same fabric as jeans you say denim, like a denim jacket, not a jean jacket.

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level 62
Apr 19, 2014
I don't know about this quiz. It's a nice idea, but most of the answers are too obvious. Spanglish, brunch, permafrost, Bennifer, sexile, smog, paratrooper...most everyone knows all these in a heartbeat. I don't mind a few softballs to fill the quiz out, but there are really only like two or three challenging questions on this one. A nice concept, but without harder clues, it's kinda lame.
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level 77
Apr 20, 2014
2% of test takes no espeaken el Spanglish.
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
True, but to name an example, 10% didnt even get the mansion from McMansion, I mean it is literally right there. So I guess not easy for everyone..

Though I agree it would be nicer if none of them had the full name in it (and no celebrity couples!!)

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level 29
Apr 19, 2014
Mcdonalds should be acceptable.
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level ∞
Apr 19, 2014
It is acceptable. Punctuation is never required on JetPunk.
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level 77
Apr 19, 2014
I never heard of a pluot, so I asked my wife. She acted like I was an idiot. Thanks honey... Now you're a sexile.
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level 71
Aug 12, 2015
in some countries we call them a "plumcot"
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level 76
Jan 20, 2020
In most countries husbands are the ones in sexile.
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level 73
Apr 19, 2014
I also heard Bennifer applied to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston. And I am so ashamed to admit that I know that.
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level 77
Apr 20, 2014
Somebody was probably confused. Bennifer is definitely Ben Assfleck and Jennifer Garner. Though now there is Bennifer two which is Ben and Jennifer Lopez. Or maybe I have that backward. I could be thinking of Filliam H Muffman.
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level 34
Apr 20, 2014
Pluots are my favourite hybrid fruit!! And I find it funny that not a lot of people knew toonie
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level 77
May 19, 2014
Even after seeing the answer I still had to google to see what it is. Never heard of it.
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level 58
Jul 7, 2014
Canadian $2 coin. The $1 coin is called a loonie, because it features a loon on the tails side. Toonie is the $2 coin, hence, two loonies.
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level 72
Nov 24, 2018
For some reason, I could only think of cartoons at that point. Maybe I've held too many toonies in my hand and those have turned wallpaper in my brain.
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
How would people outside canada know that? expect perhaps their close neighbours in the usa.
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level 14
Apr 22, 2014
They missed moob. Man Boob.
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level 64
Jun 22, 2016
Sexile? One has to have actually HAD sex in the last ten years to be in "sexile". If that's any of you, get bent. - married too long
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level 67
Dec 4, 2017
I suppose it depends on how you're defining it. When I was in college, "sexile" meant that your roommate kicked you out of your room so that they could have sex.
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level 64
Jun 24, 2016
I thought a Toonie was a person from Newcastle... haha
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level 54
Jun 28, 2016
Isn't that a Geordie?
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
No toon=town I believe
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level 57
Mar 10, 2017
"Turducken" ? gross
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level 68
Aug 17, 2017
Never heard of a "Pluot" or a "Toonie".
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level 39
Aug 30, 2017
Toonie is a Canadian 2 dollar coin.
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level 39
Aug 30, 2017
Cyborg I got easily, but I never realized that it was meant to be a combination of those 2 words. Nice quiz.
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
I as many with me I am sure, tried cyber first. So used to seeing that you hardly ever hear cybernetic anymore. I think it is guessed so low, cause most gave up at that point (maybe not aware of the word cybernetic) after a little pause the fullword came to me. But it was definitely overshadowed by cyber.
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level 43
Nov 13, 2018
i dont know a brad or angelina........
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
me neither, nor a jennifer

Edit:then again, I dont know any cyborgs either..

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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
Never hear of pluot, sexile, pro-am, and toonie (and dont think I ve heard chunnel or mcmansion, but after reading it once already feels familiar)

still managed to guess everything but professional, amateur and two.

Surprised at how extremely low web is !!! It is not like it is and obscure word this day and age... Then again, maybe that is the problem?? Kids so young, not realising it is a compound word. I think it is easier when you were around when the word first appeared.

Then again Only now I realise it is the only one that misses letters in front (not that it matters if you actually know the word, that it is weblog) I guess maybe the ones that (astonishingly) didnt know, couldnt guess it either because they were looking for words starting blo- ? I guessed pluot on a fluke by randomly thinking of things starting plu, when plum unexpectedly was right it was not a bigjump to apricot.

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level 39
Jan 20, 2020
33.
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level 52
Jan 20, 2020
Ad "cyborg" (and "pro-am"?) While there appears to be no strict lexical definition preventing "cyborg" to be considered a portmanteau, it most certainly is a syllabic abbreviation. If the two are to be categorized as separate terms, a syllabic abbreviation takes precedence. It may possibly belong to both categories, but it is worth noting the tendency of a portmanteau to contain the beginning of one word and the whole or the end of the other, not just the first syllables of both as syllabic abbreviations do (interpol, gestapo, comintern, pasokon).
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