So what’s a “levidrome”? Well, if you haven’t heard of this word, you aren’t alone. That may have something to do with the fact that it’s not a real word. At least, not yet. A “levidrome” is a brand-new word. And it’s all thanks to a 6-year-old boy from Victoria, Canada. Take a look at what this new word means and why everyone is talking about it.
Levi Budd was doing what many 6-year-olds do. He was on a ride with his mother. That’s when he saw it — a stop sign. He noticed that “stop” spells “pots” backwards. He also noticed that it wasn’t a palindrome. A palindrome, unlike “stop” and “pots,” reads the same forwards and backwards.
The little boy’s catch was pretty smart for a 6-year-old, or anyone for that matter. Not only did he spot stop, but he (and his family) came up with a list of words that spelled other words backwards.
When his family couldn’t find a word to describe what Levi had found, they decided that the best name for it would be one that honors the boy who pointed it out to them. And this, the “levidrome” was born.
Several schools and libraries, along with iconic actor William Shatner, have supported Levi’s “levidrome” becoming a real word. Even though you won’t see Levi’s word pop up in the dictionary, it did make it to Oxford’s Word Watch list. Maybe someday soon we’ll all see this little boy’s word become a commonly accepted part of the English language.
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