Malamanteau – What the Heck Does it Mean? (PHOTO)

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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. 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.”
“A what?”
“Don’t tell me you haven’t seen xkcd.com/739 yet!”

3. 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?

 

 

 

 

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