A batmanteau

From the Batman comics, a batmanteau:

From Wikipedia:

A batarang is a roughly bat-shaped throwing weapon used by the DC Comics superhero Batman. The name is a portmanteau of bat and boomerang, and was originally spelled baterang.


4 Responses to “A batmanteau”

  1. Zmanteaus « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

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  2. larrysavage Says:

    I think the original spelling is more accurate…Bat + Boomerang is Baterang, not Batarang – there’s no “ar” to be found in either Wordponent!

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      I imagine that BATERANG was avoided because it was likely to be pronounced in two syllables, with the first syllable BATE pronounced /bet/. BATARANG is less faithful to the contributors orthographically, but it gets the pronunciation right.

  3. Another batmanteau | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] along with a discussion of the mock chemical element Batmantium. In another posting of that year, “A batmanteau”, you can find the portmanteau batarang (Batman + […]

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