Juneteenth

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Today is Juneteenth, one of those American holidays that involves neither getting off work or buying a card, and so is therefore more or less forgotten. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the slaves by a Union general in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.

Initially, I was going to celebrate June 19th the way I celebrate all other holidays--that is to say, by not blogging--but then when I was reading about Juneteenth, I came across the word portmanteau (which is a great word, and the plural--portmanteaux--is even better, due to the well-known X Law of Linguistics, which holds that all words are improved by an x). Portmanteaux are words created by blending two words--like turning June and Nineteenth into Juneteenth.

From chortle (snort + chuckle), which was coined by Lewis Carroll to Pictionary (picture + dictionary), which was coined by the literary juggernauts at Hasbro, it seems to me that the portmanteau is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring neologists. For inspiration in creating your own portmanteau, check out this list.

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