A Literary Device

The word portmanteau is defined as a large suitcase or a trunk.

A portmanteau word is a blend of words. More specifically, it is a word made up of two words that are combined in meaning and form but in which some letters are deleted.

Here are a few examples:
“brunch” (breakfast + lunch)
“smog” (smoke + fog)
“motel” (motor + hotel)
“horrendous” (horrid + tremendous)
“blog” (web + log)
“podcast” (iPod + broadcast)
“drizzle” (drip + sizzle)
“vlog” (video + log)
“Amtrak” (America + track)
“Microsoft” (microcomputer + software)
“skort” (skirt + shorts)

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