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Just how did a 19th century French suitcase come to represent a unique category of words?

It was Lewis Carroll that provided the connection. In his children's book Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty explains that a portmanteau is a word with two meanings packed into one.

In truth, a “portmanteau” is itself a portmanteau!
Its name is derived from combining the French words porter (meaning “to carry") and manteau (meaning “cloak”).

Through the Looking Glass

Webstorian

from Webster and historian

We couldn't resist making a portmanteau of our own.

a few local portmanteaus

Newman's Own
Sockarooni

from Sock (hit forcefully) and "A-Roonie (a nonsensical suffix)"

Three Heads Brewing's
Rochestafarian

from Rochester and Rastafarian

Eastman Kodak's
Kodachrome

from Kodak and Chrome (chroma)

Portmanteaus

spork

from spoon and fork

Randomly generated snazzy words

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Webster Museum