What’s in the name?
1 : a large traveling bag that opens up into two equal sections
2 : a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog)
Lewis Carroll, in “Through the Looking Glass”, coined, or rather transformed, the meaning of portmanteau, itself a portmanteau, from the old french porter: “to carry”, and manteau or mantle: “cloak”. Humpty Dumpty, presumably before his tragic accident, explains the meaning of portmanteaus to Alice as she finds certain words and poetry to be curious.
1 : a portmanteau of “portmanteau” and “two”
2 : a blog about two people’s journey
We too are victims of curiosity, albeit of a different kind, and so now have taken the liberty to coin our own portmanteau: portmantwo.