By JIM SABATASO | STAFF
A portmanteau is a word created by combining of two or more other words together to create a new one. Think smog (smoke/fog), spork (spoon/fork), turducken (turkey/duck/chicken/dark magic). Sometimes, towns are named this way — Texarkana, TX (and Arkansas), Kanardo, KS. But not all portmantowns (© 2014, ThePlaidCrew.com) are winners. Here are some passed over town names along with the reason they were rejected.
- Tennesucky — Too depressing.
- Minneindiana — Too hard to find.
- Texylvania — Name of an upcoming Showtime series about vampire cowboys in the Old West, co-produced by David Milch and Amy Sherman-Palladino.
- Oralasota — Not as fun as it sounds.
- Rhodakota — Valerie Harper objected.
- Wyomlahoma — Rival high school kept calling them “Wyomohomos.”
- Vermaine — Already exists; commonly referred to as New Hampshire.
- Ohiowa — The sound a samurai makes while orgasming.
- Virginmaryland — Too catholic.
- Wiscowashawalachussets — Inscrutable.