When speaking of a city in negative terms one might attach a prefix/suffix to the city name. This nickname is a portmanteau that implies a derogatory tone. Most often this will be a negative term but can also be another geographic name. Is there a specialized term for this use? I'm particularly interested in a term for the geographic modifier case.


  • I live in Spokcompton. (Spokane + Compton)
  • He lives in Fayettnam. (Fayetteville + Vietnam)
  • Hollyweird
  • Fithadelphia
  • 'Bathrobe' would obviously be a port-manteau. Sep 15, 2016 at 21:56
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    @EdwinAshworth Seems to me that bathrobe is the manteau itself. Sep 15, 2016 at 22:03
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    Seems to me that Bath (Maine) is the port and robe will do for the manteau. Sep 15, 2016 at 22:05

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No, there is no extant word in English to use for this concept.

A possible neologism is


a portmanteau of 'demonym', the name of a place, and 'dysphemism', derogatory term used for a neutral one.

  • Nothing wrong with creating a new term. I like it.
    – psl
    Dec 11, 2020 at 21:50

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