Les mots-valises – Today’s French
Portmanteau Words – Today’s French
What is a portmanteau word? What are examples of portmanteau words in French? How are they used in a sentence. Listen to Anne, repeat after her. Learn French at FrenchHour.com
The word portmanteau comes from French portemanteau. It means ‘coat rack’, ‘coat hanger’.
What is a portmanteau word – un mot-valise? It’s a blended word where the last syllable of the first word and the first syllable of the second are combined somehow.
Here is a short list of the most common ones. I’m hoping you can use some of them in a sentence. Send me your work. I’ll go over it.
- adulescent.e – adulte+adolescent = teen-adult
- alicament – aliment+médicament = food that cures
- beurgeois.e – Beur+(bour)geois.e = person from North-African descent having a bourgeois life-style
- bobo = bourgeois+bohème = yuppie with an attitude
- Brexit – Br(i)tain+Exit – Brexit
- coronapéro – coronavirus+apéro = virtual cocktail with friends and family during Covid-19
- courriel – courrier+électronique = email
- franglais – français+anglais = Frenglish
- infox – informations+intoxication = fake news
- lundimanche – lundi+dimanche = all the days of the week are the same
- motel – moteur+hôtel – motel
- pourriel – poubelle+courriel = spam email message
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