What Are Word Blends?

A word blend is created by mixing two words with different meanings to produce a new one. These words are often made to describe a new invention or phenomenon that blends the definitions or traits of two existing things.

Here are some illustrations of word blends and their roots:

Blended word Root word 1 Root word 2
agitprop agitation propaganda
bash bat mash
biopic biography picture
Breathalyzer breath analyzer
clash clap crash
docudrama documentary drama
electrocute electricity execute
emoticon emotion icon
fanzine fan magazine
frenemy friend enemy
Globish global English
infotainment information entertainment
moped motor pedal
pulsar pulse quasar
sitcom situation comedy
sportscast sports broadcast
staycation stay vacation
telegenic television photogenic
workaholic work alcoholic
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