UPDATE – 13th January 2012: I’ve tracked down some of the easier ones (i.e. they were in the Apple dictionary). Some of the obvious portmanteaus stand out now, such as embranglement. I’ll check on the rest as soon as I get near my Compact OED and magnifying glass.
Nick Cave knows a lot more words than I do. Having just read And the Ass Saw the Angel (intensely graphic and atmospheric like the more recent, and excellent, Death of Bunny Munroe, but also more formless and difficult to keep a grip on) I have discovered that Nick Cave has quite a wide vocabulary. F’rinstance:
|Adumbrate – ˈadəmˌbrāt; əˈdəm-|
verb [ trans. ] formal
report or represent in outline : James Madison adumbrated the necessity that the Senate be somewhat insulated from public passions.
|Afflatus – |əˈflātəs|
a divine creative impulse or inspiration.
|Cachinnations – |ˈkakəˌnāt|
verb [ intrans. ]
|Caducity – |kəˈd(y)oōsitē|
the infirmity of old age; senility.
|Caliginous – |kəˈlijənəs|
misty, dim; obscure, dark.
|Claque – |klak|
a group of people hired to applaud (or heckle) a performer or public speaker.
|Conceptus – |kənˈseptəs|
noun ( pl. -tuses ) technical
the embryo in the uterus, esp. during the early stages of pregnancy.
|Corvine – |ˈkôrˌvīn|
of or like a raven or crow, esp. in color.
|Formication – |ˌfôrmiˈkā sh ən|
a sensation like insects crawling over the skin.
|Horripilation – |hôˌripəˈlā sh ən; hə-|
the erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement.
|Hypertrophia – |hīˈpərtrəfē|
the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells.
|Murine – |ˈmyoŏrˌīn|
of, relating to, or affecting mice or related rodents.
|Paludal – |pəˈloōdl; ˈpalyədl|
(of a plant, animal, or soil) living or occurring in a marshy habitat.
|Perfervid – |pərˈfərvid|
intense and impassioned : perfervid nationalism.
|Rebarbative – |rəˈbärbətiv|
unattractive and objectionable : rebarbative modern buildings.
|Stridor – |ˈstrīdər|
a harsh or grating sound : the engines’ stridor increased.
|Theophany – |θēˈäfənē|
noun ( pl. -nies)
a visible manifestation to humankind of God or a god.
|Virescent – |vəˈresənt; vī-|
Granted, I suspect a percentage of these are portmanteaus, deliberately malformed constructs produced by the mute and self-educated narrator. I still find myself in a uniquely piqued position, however, so that I will endeavour to identify all of them over coming weeks and update the list here.
It is entirely possible that I will then start using them in conversation, intentionally or otherwise. For this I apologise in advance.