Two from the 2/27 NYer

Not only both about language, but both about portmanteaus. A Drew Dernavich with the verb podlisten formed on analogy with the portmanteau verb podcast; and an Alice Cheng with the POP (phrasal overlap portmanteau) Brownstonehenge (brownstone + Stongehenge):


“I feel like everybody’s podcasting and nobody’s podlistening.”


Dernavich. On podcast, from NOAD2:

noun: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player

verb: make (a digital audio file) available as a podcast.

ORIGIN early 21st century: from iPod + broadcast

Dernavich now has a Page of his own (under “New Yorker cartoons”) on this blog.

Cheng. A new talent in town. Her first New Yorker cartoon was published on 2/6; “Brownstonehenge” is her second.

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