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A malapropism is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical utterance. An example is Yogi Berra's statement: "Texas has a lot of electrical votes," rather than "electoral votes". A portmanteau is a word made-up of two or more combined words and their definitions. For example, motel is a portmanteau, from the words motor and hotel. Here, Randall uses the word "malamanteau" which is both a portmanteau of "malapropism" and "portmanteau" and a malaprop of "portmanteau". The methods used to create this new word are the very words used in the process. This is called a meta or “self-referential” joke.
"Malamanteau" was originally coined in 2007, when it was proposed by user ludwig_van on Metafilter as a term for language errors like "flustrated" (flustered & frustrated) and "misconscrewed" (misconstrued & screwed). Malamanteau did not appear on LanguageLog until after this strip.
In response to this comic, editors at Wikipedia created a malamanteau page. It was deleted multiple times and eventually turned into a redirect to the Wikipedia page for xkcd. Malamanteau and the controversy at Wikipedia got coverage at The Economist and The Boston Globe.
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- A malamanteau is a neologism for a portmanteau created by incorrectly combining a malapropism with a neologism. It is itself a portmanteau of [...the article cuts off.]
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- Ever notice how Wikipedia has a few words it really likes?
- Malamanteau at the official xkcd wiki
- Malamanteaus, a blog dedicated to the creation and proliferation of malananteaux
- Malamanteau at urbandictionary.com
- Malamanteau at wordsquirt.com
- Entries referencing "malamanteau" at LanguageLog.com
- Malamanteau Talk Page Archives 12 at Wikipedia.com
- Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Malamanteau
- Screen capture of the deleted history for the "Malamanteau" page from Wikipedia
- Wikipedia Log for "Malamanteau"
- Beutler, William (May 5, 2010) "Much Ado About Malamanteau". The Wikipedian
- McKean, Erin (May 30, 2010) "One Day Wonder". The Boston Globe
- R.L.G (Nov 4th 2010) "Eggcorn, mashup, malamanteau or other?". The Economonist
- July 17, 2007 "How to define this language mistake?" - MetaFilter thread with the first usage
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