Inevitable portmanteau

A snowstorm (in the Northeastern U.S.) in October, bringing with it the inevitable portmanteau, as in this CBS news report from two days ago:

Octsnowber? Fall snow storm threatens Northeast

A substitution portmanteau, with the substitution in the interior of the host word: /sno/ (spelled SNOW) for /o/ (spelled O). Substitutions are most commonly at the beginning or end of the word, but this one’s in the middle, involving the accented syllable.

 

5 Responses to “Inevitable portmanteau”

  1. Ben Zimmer Says:

    Steve Kleinedler brought to my attention a slideshow on Philly.com that was titled “Snowctober” (!), but it has since been retitled to the more sensible “Snowtober.” (“Snowctober” still lingers in the URL.)

  2. Ben Zimmer Says:

    (And for more on sandwich blending, see my Jan. ’06 Language Log post.)

  3. Ben Zimmer Says:

    On the Atlantic Wire’s Cliche Watch, Eric Randall’s got the story on Snowtober vs. Snoctober.

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