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Inspired by @ThorstenDittmar's very amusing answer to this question:

Google for the English word "portmanteau", and you will find that it has two meanings

  1. a large travelling bag, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts.
  2. a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch.

    "podcast is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the words iPod and broadcast"

When I Google translate "portmanteau", it suggests only Handkoffer.

Does German have a word, or phrase, for the second meaning of "portmanteau"?

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    I don't get how @ThorstenDittmar inspired this question. – Iris Feb 3 '17 at 12:14
  • By using the word "gesündigt", which is a portmanteau – Mawg says reinstate Monica Feb 3 '17 at 12:16
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    how is "gesündigt" a portmanteau? "Sündigen" is just an normal verb. – Iris Feb 3 '17 at 13:12
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    Ah, now I understand your idea, but unfortunately, that is a mistake. "Gesündigt" is the normal Perfekt tense of "sündigen". A common phrase is: "Vater, vergibt mir. Ich habe gesündigt." (Father forgive me, I have sinned). – Iris Feb 3 '17 at 13:50
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    "Gesündigt" is just not funny and I can't think of any funny portmanteau. Beta gave an portmanteau as an answer here (german.stackexchange.com/questions/34682/…), but the minus votes show that people don't think it is a good new word. – Iris Feb 3 '17 at 14:21
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Wikipedia knows this word and also states that it is sometimes called "Schachtelwort" or "Kofferwort".

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    Kofferwort is the term most known. – Janka Feb 2 '17 at 12:39
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    In contrast to @Janka, I didn't know Kofferwort at all, but I'm very familiar with Schachtelwort (and also Portmanteau in this meaning). So without actual data I'm not sure which one is most known. – dirkt Feb 3 '17 at 10:42

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