Words that break into two or more component words are the gist of many puzzles. Often the components conjure up an image unrelated to the compound: compare FAT ALLY to FATALLY, SAGA CITY to SAGACITY, CONDO NATION to CONDONATION, IMP LORE to IMPLORE, or BADGE RING to BADGERING. Such compound words are called charades.
Word Ways: Vol. 23
, Article 14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol23/iss4/14