Learn English slang | Places portmanteau words

Learn English slang by finding out the meaning of common portmanteau words to describe places such as Benelux, SoHo, Oxbridge and the Chunnel...

So Benelux is a portmanteau of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Find out more in this Seeker Daily video...

How about a holiday to Benelux? Find out more in this video from Visit Europe...

Istanbul is the only city divided between Europe and Asia, so a tunnel was recently opened to connect the European and Asian sides. Watch this TRT World video to find out how the Eurasia Tunnel is helping to deal with the city's traffic problems...

Go across the US border into Mexico between the neighbouring cities of Calexico and Mexicali with American travellers The Wynns...

The abbreviation of NY (New York) and LON (for London) to make the portmanteau NY-LON was used in the TV show of the same name.

Take a tour around the popular New York neighbourhood of Tribeca...

...and then when you're done there, check out trendy SoHo in New York with Sonia Gil...

Are you looking to apply to university? Oxbridge, meaning either Oxford University or Cambridge University in the UK, is the portmanteau word we use to refer to these two world-famous seats of learning. Obviously, not everyone manages to get in though so here are some tips from Which? University...

However, most high-level UK politicians go through this so-called Oxbridge Bubble, which draws accusations of elitism, according to this France 24 report...

Finally, find out about The Chunnel and what makes it such a fascinating feat of engineering in this WatchMojo video...

This video from the AP Archive shows the moment when the Queen inaugurated The Chunnel in 1994...

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Benelux is a portmanteau of three places - Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Eurasia is a portmanteau of Europe and Asia.

Calexico is a mixture of California and Mexico. And Mexicali is also a mixture of Mexico and California. These are both cities on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Nylon - this is a portmanteau of New York, the abbreviation for New York, and London. Tribeca, which is a place in New York City, Tribeca is short for 'Triangle Below Canal Street'. And another place in New York City is SoHo. SoHo is short for 'South of Houston Street'.

Oxbridge is a common portmanteau used in the UK and it is a mixture of Oxford University and Cambridge University.

And finally Chunnel. 'Chunnel' is a portmanteau of the channel tunnel - the tunnel that goes between the UK and France.

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