If enough people use a fake word does that make it real? Today, this xkcd.com comic created an explosion of traffic (and controversy) on search engines and Wikipedia.
Malamanteau is a combination of two words malapropism and portmanteau. These two are real words that have real meanings and the meanings are easily available on Wikipedia. Source: Malamanteau : Meaning of Malamanteau
Wikipedia quickly deleted the word – citing that it’s under review.
The power of the web – or the people on the web – never ceases to amaze me. The lesson here kids, don’t believe everything you see on Wikipedia – or anywhere on the web for that matter – always verify or confirm a source before you go quoting it in your blog.