Word of the Day: Brexit

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Linguists call words like Brexit a ‘portmanteau word’. These are words which are formed by putting together parts of two words to make another one – ‘Britain’ + ‘exit’ = Brexit.

Read about Brexit on the BBC

Here are some more portmanteau words. Can you see which two words they are made from?

Fanzine
podcast
brunch
sitcom
rockumentary
turducken
sexting
blog
webinar

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Fanzine – fan + magazine
podcast – ipod + broadcast (diffuser)
brunch – breakfast + lunch
sitcom – situation + comedy
rockumentary – rock + documentary (a film about a real rock band)
turducken – turkey+duck+chicken (strange American custom of cooking three birds, one inside the other)
sexting – sex + texting (sending erotic text messages)
blog – web + log (journal)
webinar – web + seminar