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3 comments on this post.
  1. Chris Mills:

    maybe a combination of “contentious” and “rancorous?” รก la the Partridge explanation for “smear” and “balm” to get “smalm.”

    btw, is there a word for such conflated constructions? if not, I suggest “confluction.” :-)

  2. Louise Hope:

    Portmanteau word. You want to argue with Lewis Carroll?

  3. Jonathan Kolker:

    Perhaps the word has something to do with cant?

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