Dec 8, 2011

Lasagna and Portmanteaus

Hello all! Last night Roommate and I threw something of a dinner party for some favorite buddies.

We made lasagna, given then chilly weather and big guest list. Perfect choice. This was my first attempt at a home-made, from scratch (ish), lasagna. Roommate is a pro at it. For some reason, I've always had a mental block about it -- lots of ingredients, lots of steps, lots of spices. That's just dumb. Here's a not-so-great iPhone pic of the final product:

Martha Stewart did me right again. You really can't fail with her recipes -- like ever. The gooey/crispy mozzarella top stole the show. I don't really know why I was so intimidated. I've made many far more complicated deserts. Guess I can cross that off the bucket list.

Anyway, in the course of our very sophisticated dinner chat, we got on the topic of Portmanteaus. Have you ever heard that word? I consider myself something of a connoisseur and purveyor of the English language and it's really never graced my ears. Seriously though, it's a weird word. 

I love this new thing I've learned. (Sidenote: the dictionary thinks a Portmanteau is a leather, hinged suitcase...I intend to use it in that sense of the word just as soon as I can...but that may never happen). 

The best part? We use them ALL THE TIME. Of course, friends and I had to brainstorm every single one we could think of. Warning, the majority of them are of the comedic and slightly off-color variety...

Frenemy (that's how it all started, regarding our 2 dogs)
Slore (slut + whore)
Shmammered (smashed + hammered. say that all the time)
Shart (tee hee)
Lactard (lactose intolerant person)
Mactard (Apple computer incompetent person)
Gipster (gay hipster. pretty common thing in these parts)

There are also so many that I forget even come from 2 words...

Brunch (could this one have started it all?!)

Then, in an unprecedented (and merlot-fueled) intellectual endeavor, we attempted to come up with a legit word that incorporates THREE unique words. The only one?


Well, I'm really glad we got to the bottom of this whole Portmanteau thing. My next goal is to play it in scrabble or in some sort of trivia setting. Stay tuned...


  1. Look at that cheesy goodness!!! I’ve never made lasagna either, for all those reasons you mentioned. Awesome list! I had no idea that’s what those words were called. And I’m embarrassed to say that it took me a full minute to figure out what two words make up camcorder. Hahaha.

  2. YUMMMMMMMMMM. I want some. Okay, I would never use the "Portmanteau" word... I do like "Bromance" and "Frenemies"


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