The word podcast is a portmanteau

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Today we have a French word that has made its way into the English vernacular. It is
portmanteau.

A portmanteau is a word that is formed by combining two words and their meanings. For example podcast is a portmanteau. It is the combination of the words iPod & broadcast.

Other well know portmanteau’s are camcorder- camera and recorder, smog- smoke and fog and spork– spoon and fork. The Chunnel is an example of portmanteau that is a proper name.

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