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):

breakfast + lunch = BRUNCH

camera + recorder = CAMCORDER

high + technology = HI-TECH

medical + care = MEDICARE

gasoline + alcohol = GASOHOL

documentary + drama = DOCUDRAMA

stay + vacation = STAYVACATION

emotion + icon = EMOTICON

situation + comedy = SITCOM

binary + digit = BIT

malicious + software = MALWARE

free + software = FREEWARE

web + seminar = WEBINAR

international + communication = INTERCOM

simultaneous + broadcast = SIMULCAST

Spanish + English = SPANGLISH

work + alcoholic = WORKAHOLIC

biology + electronic = BIONIC

multiple + complex = MULTIPLEX

cinema + complex = CINEPLEX

smack + mash = SMASH

picture + element = PIXEL

electronic + mail = EMAIL

international + network = INTERNET

wireless + fidelity = WI-FI

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