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A Malamanteau is a neologism for a portmanteau created by incorrectly combining a malapropism with a neologism. It is itself is a portmanteau of malapropism and portmanteau.


No, not really. It was made up by xkcd author Randall Munroe in a May 2010 xkcd comic strip.[1] It subsequently lead to thousands of people try to look it up on Wikipedia - only to find that there was no article and the word didn't exist. This lead to a literal metric fuckton of butthurt as people thought "hey, let's make it an article!!! L0L!!!!11!" while more boring regular Wikipedia editors tried to repeatedly delete it.[2] They even got to the point of trying to claim that "" was a real news site, so was reliable.[3]

Undoubtedly, it was totally hilarious for all involved. It was probably less of a joke on words that Wikipedia uses a lot in articles, and more a joke on xkcd fanboys who like harassing Wikipedia.