SOOKIE: Oh, that makes me so mad. And so sad. I’m smad!

Smad is a portmanteau word that Sookie invents – that is, a word combining two or more words. Examples would be motel, brunch, smog, spork, sitcom, romcom, dramedy, mockumentary, cosplay, bromance, himbo, Bollywood, chillax, hangry, email, podcast, fanzine, infomercial, emoticon, and chocoholic.

Portmanteau words are a feature of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, previously mentioned. In fact, it was Carroll who invented the term “portmanteau word”. A portmanteau is an old-fashioned suitcase that has two parts hinged together [pictured], just as a portmanteau word has two words hinged together.

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