Word for Word #33 New word mashups

Jun 18, 2020

In this special “iso edition” episode, we chat about some of the many new words that have emerged from the global pandemic of COVID-19. One of the most common ways new words are made is by word mashups, or portmanteau words. The massive societal change brought about by coronavirus has resulted in many new words cropping up — from quarantini to covidiot and beyond.

We discuss some of the good and bad word mashups in this quick episode of our podcast, Word for Word.

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Read about more portmanteau words on the blog

Word for Word Episode #27 Word Watch

From 'the Rona' to 'iso', 'covidiot' and 'Boomer Remover' : The words we NEVER knew which we'll have forever - and they are all from coronavirus (Daily Mail)



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