Aptanagrams, eunonyms & portmanteau words

English is full of wordplay, witticisms, puns and quirks. On work related issues I am a stickler over the correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. When it comes to sending a text message I rarely, if ever, abbreviate a word.zz080910bede 490 (Roman Catholic education, was a painful experience for those that dared to adapt their writing style)

Being a natural born rebel of sorts, I often dabbled with the written word, trying to squeeze out a hidden meaning by abusing punctuation within a scribed sentence; however, six of the best (three hearty whacks of a bamboo cane on each hand) put paid to that… imagesNow, here I am, in my element, with not a bamboo cane in sight, nor a care in the world as I pixilate before you!

Crossword puzzlers will be familiar with anagrams, words that mean something else when the letters are rearranged, but what about aptanagrams, eunonyms and portmanteau words?

An aptanagram is one reason why a mother-in-law, is a woman Hitler          Yours Aye.article-2399493-1B665FB4000005DC-365_634x322

12 thoughts on “Aptanagrams, eunonyms & portmanteau words”

    1. Another thought, EB, aptanagram…never heard of it to be honest but we have an American icon by the name of Rush and one of his expressions is, ‘FemiNazi’ which kind of reminds me, just a little of your reference to the mother-in-law remark…what do you think?? Americans who are fans of El Rushbo would recognize it of course…..and FemiNazi refers to all those diehard leftist feminists…and from the name, they are the worst kind…they like to make men feel less than worthless…I never liked them anyway…k

    2. Kristen, the first photograph was before my time, though the teacher’s name was Frank Nevin, who many years later became the Headmaster of the school.

      Approximately 16 years later I attended the school as an 11-year-old; later that year Frank Nevin took over as the Headmaster. The great majority of teachers of that era had served and fought throughout WWII. Hard men with very high standards, but very fair and approachable at the same time.


  1. I especially like their list of law firm names, but they forgot the best one: Dewey, Cheetum & Howe. ; )

    Ambigrams are cool too…

  2. In the small town where I lived in NM, we had several eunonymous names. Joe Carrier was the postman. Blaine Parsons was the preacher. Ron Burnham was the fire marshal. Toby Baggett was the trash-man.

    1. Lou, strange isn’t it how a Surname can be associated with a profession.

      I knew of two Royal Marines whose Surname was Sergeant; starting off as Marine Sergeant, to Corporal Sergeant, Sergeant Sergeant, to Colour Sergeant Sergeant, and Warrant Officer Sergeant.

      It did cause confusion to young Marines straight out of training. It just did the same as I proof read it…


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