March 9

Words, words, words

On Hacker News they’re discussing a portmanteau generator. I wrote one too a few years ago and never got around to posting the results. Some of the better discoveries, loosely grouped by theme:

amountainous auburnt certaint clanguage cracket flightning havenue hybridge interpretty marqueen ravenue smotherapy spellet sportrait tracket

coarsenal navalanche smartial

ambulancet aprong sharpoon smalleable stackle stoolbox

localendar shalloween

cosmosis deternity ephemerald neveryone

advertisingularity brighteous davidity diasporadic freudianetics heavenue karmageddon leviathank parfaith plightning spheresy wheresy worthodox

accruelty apartner checkle chequestrian consultan commercenary entrepreneuropsychology evictim holocausterity interestitution moccasino neverthelessee

adolescentennial approximaternity maestrogen othermometry participaternity

adjourney answerve archivalry argumentality conferencephalomyelitis neglecture obstructure simplement translatency

alibido flaccident hasterisk pelvish risqueeze wienergy

blocket camisoleil chenillegal clocket eskimono fabrick fabulousy gartery marathong inspectator nudisturbance ploverall sconcept staffeta thighest thumble tranquilt

convictim misconductivity obtaint suspectator

gaffect hypocriteria insultan schooligan slightning videologue

frenchilada holocaustrian illinoisome tantamountain texasperating

amplifierce charmony chorde mnemonica perhapsody porchestra

cinnamong connectar gardenial saffront saffrontier scentral scoffee splate swallowance tasterisk wheath

blightning easiesta sweather weatherosclerosis

adepth comfortunate competentative difficultivate equalm indulgentle intelligentle misunderstandard respectacle respectrometer savantage

ambassadorable dissidentifier hormonetary parliamentality preferendum princessant scampaign spendulum suggestapo supremedy votingle

chancestry elephantom parallele pedigreen spheredity wheredity

pimplement plaqueous problemish scratchet

Here’s the code. Unlike Wordmerge, it doesn’t expect a subject word; it looks at all pairs in the dictionary instead and ranks the candidate portmanteaus by a notion of interestingness, letting you survey a whole dictionary worth pretty quickly. On the other hand this is less capable, in that it knows nothing about pronunciation, only spelling. There’s code using the CMU pronouncing dictionary elsewhere in the same languagetoys repo, which I never got around to incorporating into this program.