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The portmanteau is an extremely lazy way of producing neologisms, often used by women's magazines, religious groups, extremists, and those who lack the benefit of a proper Classical education. This means of producing new words, by ramming two (or more) old ones together, seems to be particularly favoured by totalitarian states. Portmanteaux (for that is the proper plural) are often unwieldy, ugly, and incredibly cheesy. De gustibus non disputandum est.

It is also on the increase. Be warned.

Why do we actually need portmanteaux, when such Latin and Greek have given us such wonderful and easy to spell words as steatophobia ("fattism"), triskaidekaphobia ("thirteenophobia"), ochlocracy ("mobocracy"), thalassocracy, xerophthalmia, dendrophilia (treecurious), doxography, and hysteron proteron?

Religion etc.[edit]

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Political portmanteaux[edit]

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  1. This is often used in a perjorative sense by people who would really like both of them to flat-out stop existing, thank you very much.
  2. Given the apparent origins of the word "cretin" as a perjorative against Christians in Ancient Rome,[citation needed] this portmanteau seems to be just plain redundant.
  3. In the words of Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater: "An evil miracle is still a miracle."
  4. Or at the very least, some weird connection to architecture.
  5. Or, rather, how they persecute people who just happen to fit common gay stereotypes.