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Portmanteau seems to apply in cases like:

  • Phablet - Bigger than a smart phone, smaller than a tablet.
  • Smog - Smoke and fog.
  • Vlog - Video and blog.

There must be another word for things that have a more phonetic feel:

  • Shizzle - recently added to the OED, which sort of feels like sure with fizzle in it?

Or for a word that has one letter replaced by another letter or letters, but where the pronunciation stays the same:

  • Comix - Web comics?
  • Collins has: 'shizzle: (US, slang) (1) adjective See fo' shizzle / (2) noun a form of slang popularized by US rap musicians in which the trailing syllables of certain words are replaced by the suffix -izzle / Word Origin C21: a phonetic blend of sure + izzle'. So, a phonetic blend – but no evidence of 'fizzle' (as opposed to say 'drizzle'). Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 23:27
  • Thanks @EdwinAshworth, Found what I was looking for in the second link: A general term for intentionally altered spelling is sensational spelling, in which the writer misspells words for an intended effect. Another, more specific term is cacography, which is misspelling intended for comic effect. It was often seen used to mock illiterate/uneducated people.
    – ContextCue
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 0:24

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The word is portmanteau. I found this: "Portmanteau word "word blending the sound of two different words" (1882), coined by "Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson, 1832-1898) for the sort of words he invented for "Jabberwocky," on notion of "two meanings packed up into one word." As a noun in this sense from 1872." on Dictionary.com after stumbling across it in Wikipedia. MY word would be "combiage"= combine+verbiage As far as the new words that would be neologism as defined by MW: Simple Definition of neologism

: a new word or expression or a new meaning of a word

It is a portmanteau; a formal example of one is brunch (breakfast + lunch), whereas a more informal example is skort (skirt + shorts).

  • What is comix? a combination of comic and sex? And Shizzle, what is that a combination of?
    – ContextCue
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 21:33

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