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I’ve long had an interest in Stephen Colbert’s portmanteaux.

No, not his luggage. His made up words at the start of The Colbert Report. (Although portmanteau’s origin started with luggage and Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass.”)

If you watch the opening carefully, a number of patriotic words flash on the screen and the very last one is typically a portmanteau, a word made up of two words mashed together. The latest portmanteau is “freedominant,” but the portmanteau changes periodically, so you have to pay attention if you want to see the newest one.

I was so taken by these portmanteaux that I once started a Squidoo page for them, but I deleted the page after realizing I couldn’t keep up with them all. Thankfully, someone else (a lot of someone elses) took on the task and created a wiki called Wikiality (another of Stephen’s portmanteaux) to document them.

Stephen not only creates portmanteux, he invents other types of words, such as “truthiness,” perhaps his most famous neologism. (Truthiness even has its own Wikipedia page.)

While the Wikiality dictionary contains well over a thousand terms, not all of them are portmanteaux. In fact, most of them appear to be terms that Stephen has a special take on, but if you browse through the list, you’ll find plenty of portmanteaux. Although “freedominant” is not  yet on the list.