Catch Word #73 – Word blends

Languages are always evolving and changing. Here we look at a pretty modern trend in English, which is to make new words by blending two words together. Sometimes these two words have similar meanings, and sometimes they have opposite meanings. Check out this episode and chillax (chill and relax)!

Expressions included in the Learning MaterialsCanadian ESL Podcast

  • Word blends
  • Ginourmous
  • Chocolate chip
  • National park
  • Merriam-Webster
  • Fantabulous
  • ‘cause all the way
  • chill and chill out
  • Chillax
  • To take it easy
  • Frenemy
  • Bennifer and Brangelina
  • Culips
  • To take credit

Sample transcript

Maura: So we take fantastic and fabulous, put them together and we make fantabulous.
Harp: You know, I didn’t know this would be in the dictionary.
Maura: I know. I was surprised too.
Harp: ‘Cause I use this word all the time, but I used it in a fun way, not thinking it’s a real word.
Maura: But it is.
Harp: Fun! Fantabulous.
Maura: Yeah, great. So let’s give an example for this word too.
Harp: OK. Maura, did you end up going to that show last night?
Maura: I did, Harp. It was fantabulous. It was so fun, so entertaining.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips