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I still buy freshly registered domain names, and two such names I picked up over the weekend are Frankenword.com and Frankenwords.com.  What are frankenwords, you ask? According to Wiktionary.org, a frankenword is “a word formed by combining two (or more) other words.

After registering these domain names, I’ve been thinking of some of my favorite frankenwords, many of which are either vulgar, rude, and/or inappropriate), and thought it’s pretty fun to think of these words and meanings. A few common ones I’ve seen used include ginormous (gigantic+enormous), Brangelina (Brad+Angelina), chillax (chill+relax), manscape (man+landscape), inbredneck (inbred+redneck) and others.

If I had additional time, I’d consider creating a fmylife.com type of website where people add their favorite frankenwords and share them with friends.

So, what are your favorite frankenwords?


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Comments (23)

    Dave

    Tomkat! Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes! I did have a lot more but can’t think of them now!

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Mark Fulton

    Interesting, I didn’t know there was a term for this practice. Nice pick up.

    I own one or two Frankenwords; off the top of my head, Logolio is one (logo + portfolio).

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Bill

    Well…. “frankenword” is itself a portmanteau, which is the usual term for two words that are combined to make a new one. So, I suppose it’s only fitting that the word “portmanteau” is being eclipsed by an actual portmanteau. The way the Frankenstein monster destroyed its creator….

    I could go on, but i don’t want to sound like an old Scrooge (a name created by blending “screw” and “gouge.”

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Ms Domainer

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    Nicotini

    Nicotine + martini (or any other alcohol), invented by a Florida bartender who wanted to figure a way to keep smokers from going outside–after smoking was banned in Florida, even in bars.

    Incredibly ingenius concoction (although, as a nonsmoker, I suspect it is most foul in taste).

    And, yes, I own the domain, just because I love the name.

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    April 26th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Steve M

    Well, I like Frankenwords like:

    Daycation/s, Freemium (Free Premium; a direct marketing class of products), Cruisesurance & RVsurance (ala’ SafeCo’s “Teensurance”), Godvertise, and Hollywork (Hollywood work/jobs) … but then again, I may just slightly biased. 😉

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Elliot

    @ Steve

    I had a little staycation at the Tribeca Film Festival today :)

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Michal Brol

    Very interesting post Elliot

    glamorous+stylish –> GLAMISH

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Borat

    my couzins brother he goes to gaycation with Mr Silvers and has much manwhiches

    April 26th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Francois

    Not only there is a name for this practice but also soon a specialized marketplace.
    I just registered FrankenDomains(s).com
    I will develop it at the same time I will setup the DomainHack(s).com site.

    Thanks Elliot for the nice found.

    April 27th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Stephen Douglas

    Elliadvice = “Reading Elliotsblog and following his advice”
    Ellioxford = “archiving great Elliotblog articles”
    Ellibots = “little bots that sit on your computer and warn you when you’re about to buy a worthless domain”
    Ellictricity = when you’re lucky enough to buy a geo domain that has some value, and Elliot acknowledges it on his blog
    Elliottography = Getting an genuine post/comment to an article on your own blog from Elliot (El-Silver), considered one of the rarest occurrences in history.

    I would write many more “elliotisms”, but someone tossed a rock through my window just now, with a note attached. The note said:

    “Keep it up, Buckethead, and you’ll be “ell-iminated”. Yipes!

    April 27th, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Louise

    Great entrees! This is a fun topic!
    Last week I learned:

    Chexting
    Vexting
    Exting

    April 27th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Mike

    I couldnt have said it any better then Bill above

    i like these names. a few .coms i have are

    Instalicious = “instantly delicious”
    Meximan = “mexican man”
    Kississippi = “kiss mississippi”

    @Francois sweet!

    April 27th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    FloName

    Very cool topic! I like some of the frankenwords here.

    A few of my favs:

    Frenemy
    bromance

    I’m especially partial to these:

    blognique(s)
    Appsopolis

    April 27th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Jamie

    Shitastrophe – you need to be the parent of a newborn to appreciate this phrase

    April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Steve

    How about the increasing importance of your personal and/or business web reputation … or simply your Webutation(s)!

    From Wikipedia:
    Webutation is a made-up word from ‘web’ and ‘reputation’. It describes the website or person’s reputation on the internet.

    April 28th, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Stephen Douglas

    @ Ms Domainer:

    “NICOTINI”???!!!

    Is that a dotcom? If so, that’s the best combo domain for “franken” words in this thread.

    To wit –

    *Pulling up to the bar, two domainers are ready to get hammered. One is a smoker, and he orders:

    “Yo Mac, set me up with a double Nicotini”.

    *The other domainer looks at his friend, and quizically asks “Nicotini”?”*

    *The first domainer replies “get your nicky fit on, bro!”*

    The bartender serves up the drink to the first domainer, winks, and the domainer gulps it down. Then after after a few more Nicotinis, the domainers leave. That night, the first domainer ordering the multiple Nicotinis goes online and buys $1.5 million in domains from six different domain site auctions. Nobody else was bidding, and the Nicotini drinker walks away with $6mil in domain values…

    The lesson learned:

    “NICOTINI! If you can drink it, you can think it.:
    “Don’t be teeny, drink a Nicotini!”

    Love it…

    April 28th, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Stephen Douglas

    Netvertisers.com

    I found this nice domain in my portfolio while doing a quick scroll through my domain portfolio database. It’s kinda cool for a company that provides advertising online..yes?

    (sorry El)

    April 28th, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Louise

    @ Stephen, great post about Elliot Silver! LOL! You’re the bomb, too!

    Just occurred to me the business name I invented is a frankenword!

    TradeMarketable.com !!!

    It’s the IP my new domains point to, like data-recovery.tv, linked to, above.

    The Joy of –ext <== Article by lexicographer notes more "exting" frankenwords:

    wexting – walking while texting
    drexting – texting while drunk
    vexting – sending intentionally upsetting text messages

    :)

    April 28th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Elliot

    Time for… brunch!

    April 28th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Ms Domainer

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    Stephen Douglas,

    Yes, Nicotini is a dotcom name.

    I’m a nonsmoker, but I think it could become a real product, great for both smokers and nonsmokers because then the main complaint of secondhand smoke would go up in smoke (so to speak). The health issue is unclear, but I’m all for freedom to use legal drug of choice (mine is caffeine).

    The word is listed in Wordspy, a great resource, btw (not mine).

    Frankenword is a winner for sure, certainly due to become part of the standard lexicon.

    Great acquisition, Elliot.

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    April 28th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Ms Domainer

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    FYI,

    My bar story based on the antics of the hardboiled Det. Nico Tini (as told to Namepros back in February, nothing hinky):

    http://www.namepros.com/3725299-post2692.html

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    April 28th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Louise

    @ Ms Domainer – that was great! Who is “FS?”

    April 28th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Ms Domainer

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    FS = Frank Schilling

    Google him!

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    April 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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