April 25, 2016
chortle (verb)
\CHOR-tul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to chuckle especially in satisfaction
How do you use it?
When Valentina saw the opportunity to checkmate her opponent in the chess match, she chortled quietly.
Are you a word wiz?

"Chortle," which is probably a blend of "chuckle" and "snort," is an example of a blend word. Blend words are words produced by combining two other words or parts of other words. Which of the choices below do you think is another blend word?

"Smog" blends parts of "smoke" and "fog" to create a new word meaning "a fog made heavier and darker by smoke and chemical fumes." Another well-known blend word is "motel," from "motor" and "hotel." It describes a building that provides lodging with rooms that can be reached from the parking lot. If you sleep late at the motel, you might be just in time for "brunch" (from "breakfast" and "lunch"). And if you stay in your room watching TV, you are sure to see "infomercials." The name for these program-length advertisements is a recent addition to the language that combines "information" and "commercial."
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