Portmanteau

Word: portmanteau Pronunciation: pôrtˈman(t)ō Meaning: a large travel bag.  Usually made from stiff leather, a portmanteau often divides into to large compartments suitable for carrying clothing.  Etymology: Portmanteau derives from two Latin words.  The verb, portare...

Pheromone

Pheromone: Insect cologne.  Well, sort of. Pheromones are substances secreted by some animals, usually insects.  The pheromones affect other members of the species.  Generally, insects secrete pheromones to attract members of the opposite sex.  It does not always have...

Carry on…

The verb porto, in Latin means, to carry or, to bring. In all its glory, the verb is: porto, portare, portavi, portatum. English pulls quite a few words out of this particular Latin hat.  Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look at the way Romance...
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