“Mom, what’s sextortion?” wondered my grade school-aged daughter when she noticed the headline.
“Well, honey, sextortion is a made-up word. It’s basically a portmanteau — do you know what a portmanteau is? It’s when people take two words that are tangentially related and smash them into one word. It’s popularly done with celebrity couples, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are called Brangelina, and … actually, that’s the only example I can think of, because I don’t really follow celebrity couples, like who cares who’s dating who, right? Anyway, sextortion is a portmanteau, which, again, is two words combined to make one, and in this case, the words are ‘sex’ and ‘extortion,’ and … why are you face down in your cereal bowl, honey? I thought you wanted to know what ‘sextortion’ means!”