It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post – mainly because I just got back from Aruba…freakin awesome vacation. While down there, I saw they offered an activity called Snuba – a cross between Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. Yup, international portmanteau. Anyway, I also forgot my password, so I recreated the whole thing and re-posted my first post – meaning to the naked eye, I’m a very frequent poster.
Okay – the title of this post. A week ago I was out at the bar and wanted to order a Samuel Adams Summer Ale. My friend and I were trying to come up with some combinoptions (combination options) for ordering Sam Seasonal – that way the order can work for any season. He tried to order a “Smeasonal” and the waitress didn’t understand, so he corrected himself and ordered the “Sam Seasonal.” When it was my turn, I ordered a “Sameasonal” and the waitress understood. While I do prefer the “Sameasonal” term, our trial was unfair, because the waitress had just heard “Smeasonal” and knew to expect something funky. More trials to come, but today I very successfully ordered a “Sammer Ale” (Sam + Summer), so that made me pretty happy. I also remembered that Magic Hat, the Vermont brewery that makes #9, produces several seasonal brews that are all labeled as “Seasonale” (Seasonal + Ale). My favorite Seasonale is Hocus Pocus, the perfect Spring beer.
I didn’t think I could get to a second paragraph talking about Beermanteau (Beer + Portmanteau) either, but alas, here we are. I think word combinations could be useful in describing/ordering Black & Tans, which are half and half combinations of a dark beer and a pale ale (or lager). Some of the common Black & Tans, at least according to Wikipedia, are Guiness & Bass (Guinass), Guiness & Harp (Guinarp), and Guiness & Newcastle (Guicastle, pronounced Goocastle, or Guinewcastle – depends on how quickly you need to order). Now that I think about it, many alcoholic beverages are already portmanteaux, such as some types of martinis – Appletini (Apple + Martini) and Jalepini (Jalepeno + Martini). I’m sure there’s a million more, but I think my Boozemanteau rant has gone on long enough.
Moridiculousness (More + Ridiculousness) to come soon!