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Old September 28 2009, 03:47 PM   #61
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Re: Cleopatra's Needle - Design Proposals

Patrickivan wrote: View Post
"Portmanteau"... That's not a bombastic way to say that borg is a word derived from the blending of the two words cybernetic organism .
Bombastic? No, it's a standard linguistics term. And I wouldn't say a term coined by Lewis Carroll is bombastic.

The usage of the word "portmanteau" in this sense first appeared in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass (1871), in which Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice the coinage of the unusual words in Jabberwocky:
"‘Slithy’ means ‘lithe and slimy’... You see it's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word"
"‘Mimsy’ is ‘flimsy and miserable’ (there's another portmanteau ... for you)".
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