What happens when a kid invents a word? Naturally, a legend of television takes on the cause, the whole thing goes viral, and Oxford Dictionary adds it to their "words to watch" list. OK, so this hasn't happened to any of the words my kids have invented, but they haven't cleverly discovered a real phenomenon that has no name like 6-year-old Levi Budd did.
If you have kids, then you know they ask questions. So many questions. Constantly.
That's what happened to Jessy Friedenberg and Lucky Budd when their 6-year-old son asked them what it's called when a word spelled backwards makes a different word.
A word that is the same backwards and forwards is a palindrome.
@OxfordWords @lucky_budd @WilliamShatner Who knew there was not a word for this! ? Takes an inquisitive kid!!— Liseanne Gillham (@Liseanne Gillham)1511557774.0
Levi named this phenomenon levidrome.
Victoria boy looks to add levidrome to the dictionary https://t.co/y0xwxmsvzu https://t.co/HZ8Gobwc7z— Cowichan Citizen (@Cowichan Citizen)1509586688.0
And then, William Shatner happened.
Dearest @OxfordWords I just sent you an email about #Levidromes - a word that when spelled backwards, turns into a… https://t.co/A6y9Y46iF1— William Shatner (@William Shatner)1510162743.0
This is Shatner's response to a Tweet that said, "Love the little boy who coined #levidrome, but #palindrome is the word that already describes these words."
Actually you do not understand the definition of a #Levidrome. Words like stop, pal, and dog are not Palindromes.… https://t.co/4MTqTGS8nV— William Shatner (@William Shatner)1511847680.0
The Oxford Dictionary sent Levi a video response!
#Levidrome, a name for a word which makes a different word when spelled backwards, was brought to our attention by… https://t.co/PpV36IGXrx— Oxford Languages (@Oxford Languages)1511453938.0
Levidrome is trending.
@BOYNEhdsb students playing around with #levidromes https://t.co/5b3sEtKrgF— Graham Smith (@Graham Smith)1511820275.0
It helps that Levi's dad is a master promoter.
I love palindromes. Now I have added the term ‘levidrome’ to my lexicon, thanks to a 6 year old named Levi Budd. Th… https://t.co/HekfdSAdZk— Dan Albas (@Dan Albas)1511476523.0
We hope the word levidrome continues to trend.
5th graders came up with a long #levidrome list and turned some into stop motion animations. @OxfordWords #msla… https://t.co/hX933vzbp1— erinlibrary (@erinlibrary)1511807834.0