"Brexit, Grexit, with the possibility of Spexit"

What are they called in linguistic?

Is the form of those blend words the same as pangry and hangry?

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    From oxforddictionaries online 2012 (as Brixit): blend of British (or Britain) and exit, probably on the pattern of Grexit (coined earlier in the same year). New blend words like this are a subclass of neologisms, or coinages in general. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 15:35
  • Nouns? Rhymes? Neologisms? Words? What quality of these words are you asking about?
    – Adam
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 15:35
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    How do you feel about portmanteau?
    – user8399
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 15:38
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    I suppose there's no point in writing an answer now that both blend and portmanteau have been suggested in the comments section, so I'll just point out that linguists generally use the term blend for this kind of coinage rather than portmanteau. They might also be called nonce words.
    – user230
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 0:20
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    @snailboat: There is indeed a point in writing an answer: namely, to get this question off the Unanswered list. Will you do the honors?
    – ruakh
    Commented Apr 3, 2016 at 23:10


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