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Today's word is:
noun ( pl. -teaus |-tōz| or -teaux |-tōz|)
- A large trunk or suitcase, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts.
- [as adj. ] Consisting of or combining two or more separable aspects or qualities : A portmanteau movie composed of excerpts from his most famous films.
ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: from French portemanteau, from porter 'carry' + manteau 'mantle.'
I don't think there could be a word as hilariously misinterpreted as portmanteau, I mean the relationship to the original word doesn't even make sense, since portemanteau actually is French for coat hanger, in Linguistics this is called a False Friend, two words in different languages that look or sound almost the same way, but differ in meaning.