The “word” Malamanteau brings up a very important question: If enough people use a fake word, does it become real? Malamanteau may not have an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it does have a few in UrbanDictionary.com, and that site is one of my very favorites.
Here are the three entries in UrbanDictionary.com for Malamanteau:
1. A word defined to infuriate Wikipedia editors
“Since an xkcd comic showed a Wikipedia article entitled “Malamanteau” people keep on trying to create the article!”
2.Â A neologism for a portmanteau created by incorrectly combining a malapropism with a neologism. It is itself a portmanteau of ‘malapropism’ and ‘portmanteau’.
“That was textuous.”
“Haha, now that’s a malamanteau.”
“Don’t tell me you haven’t seen xkcd.com/739 yet!”
3.Â A malamanteau is a neologism for a portmanteau created by incorrectly combining a malapropism with a neologism. It is itself a portmanteau.
“He just incorrectly used malamanteau in a sentence.”
So, should we all try to use Malamanteau in a sentence today?