Weekend Writing Prompt – Portmanteau

Published September 26, 2021 by rochellewisoff

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s Comment Section.

I’ll admit to being on the grammar police squad. My mother instilled it in me early in life.

“Ain’t isn’t proper English.”

            It’s “they were” NOT “they was.” And “was you?” No way. No how.  

“I seen it” makes me cringe.

I beg you on bended knees, for the sake of my bleeding ears, refrain from committing such grammatacide.

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  • Dictionary.com defines a portmanteau word as one that combines the form and meaning of two other words. Hence “grammatacide” is mine. 😉

14 comments on “Weekend Writing Prompt – Portmanteau

    • Dear Keith,

      I remember having this conversation a couple of years ago when I posted a similar rant. 😉 Although many of my closest friends and relatives are the ones who assault my ears and there ain’t nuthin I can do about it. Thank you for your understanding and commiseration.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I didn’t realize the full meaning of portmanteau until I looked it up. You used the meaning well without actually using the word. Ain’t that just a kick in the pants? You was writin real good when you done this one. (love you). Lol

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    • Dear Jan,

      I’m glad you picked up on the fact that I didn’t use the actual word in the story. Sometimes it works that way, don’t it? Thank you my favorite committer of grammatacide. (I still say your English teacher hung herself. 😉 )

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  • Hey Rochelle,

    Daughter was 12-ish and next to me a football game. I yelled, “Ain’t no way!” at the errant game official. Julie looked up at me and proclaimed in that superior voice that she was shocked, “DAD!?!” My first clue she was her mother’s daughter.

    Very clever and well told, my friend.

    Peace,

    Bill

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Brilliant! I must employ your coinage as soon as possible. “Madam,” I will say to the offender. “Refrain from your grammaticide! It is a high crime and misdemeanor and I shall report you to . . . Rochelle Wisoff-Fields!!!” That will shut the grammar criminal up or nothing will. :>)

    Yours in a righteous cause and shalom,
    Dora

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  • I used to tell my students that “something was off” with their grammar; of course, I had no idea if my participles were dangling, or flapping in the wind. Grammaticide sez it all. Twitter deserves to have the book thrown at it — such as Strunk and White’s elements of style, or the Chicago Manual of Style (it’s bigger and heavier). What a grammar killer social media is (2 say nuffin bout spelling)
    A very righteous rant on your part.

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    • Dear Lorraine,

      I’m with you re social media. Nothing irritates me more on Facebook than the memes with bright backgrounds, bold letters and misspellings, not to mention, blatant grammatical errors. Does no one edit? A rhetorical question at best. 😉 Thank you for your affirming comments. 😀

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • Answer to your rhetorical question (oops, is that grammatically correct, lol): no, the editors are the first to go. I find balant errors in the New York Times, of all places! Copy eiditing positions (be that in print or “on the ‘net”) have gone the way of the dodo . . .

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