Portmanteau news

Two portmanteaus that came past me recently, from several sources: racino and this year’s conjunct holiday (in the U.S.), Thanksgivukah.

1. racino. From Wikipedia:

A racino is a combined race track and casino. In some cases, the gambling is limited to slot machines, but many locations are beginning to include table games such as blackjack, poker, and roulette.

… As of 2013, racinos are legal in ten states: Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

2. Thanksgivukah. From the NYT on the 21st, “Carve the Turkey and Pass the Latkes, as Holidays Converge” by Stuart Elliott:

This year, in an extremely unusual coincidence of the calendar, the chants of “Gobble, gobble, gobble” for Thanksgiving will be interspersed with the singing of “Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel” for Hanukkah. The Manischewitz Company, the nation’s leading maker of kosher foods, is hoping to have fun — and sell its mainstay products like broth — by combining the holidays.

A multimedia campaign by Manischewitz will celebrate the early arrival of Hanukkah, which almost always begins in December, by encouraging consumers to celebrate “Thanksgivukah.” [also spelled “Thanksgivukkah”]

6 Responses to “Portmanteau news”

  1. rjp Says:

    Bet Victor (UK betting company) are using “carsino” (a mini-casino that folds out of a car) in the current set of their “bet anywhere” adverts.


  2. Sim Aberson Says:

    I wonder why Florida isn’t mentioned. We’ve had racinos here for a while.

    In addition, next week is our annual Oktoberween celebration.

  3. mae Says:

    For Thanksgivingukkah the needed accessory is a menurkey — yet another portmanteau object/word.

  4. arnold zwicky Says:

    And now more from Mae, from the L.A. Times, with challurkey (challah) as well as menurky, here.
    Hey, the coincidence of Hanukkah and (U.S.) Thanksgiving is a very rare event indeed.

  5. arnold zwicky Says:

    And from David Barnhart on ADS-L, Friendsgiving, reported here.

  6. Thanksgiving news | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] again. The rare confluence of (U.S.) Thanksgiving and Hanukkah has been all over the net, including on this blog (because of the awkward portmanteau that has resulted). Now one more time, in the cartoon Rhymes […]

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