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The boy wants this new word added to the dictionary – but he needs you to use it!


A brilliant boy from Victoria, Canada recently discovered that something was missing from the English language – a word to describe words that spell something different when spelled backwards.

And little Levi Budd even has a solution!

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According to a now-viral video his family shared on YouTube, it all started when the 6-year-old spotted a stop sign while walking with his mother.

“Mom, I see ‘stop’ coming out of ‘jars’ upside down,” he noted. “It’s not a palindrome. What do you call a word like that … where one word spells another word backwards?”

Although he and his family can find many examples of what he meant – flow / wolf, loop / pool, rats / stars, etc. – there was no official word in the dictionary to describe it.

So they decided that the best word would be the one that greets the smart kid who found the need. This is why, with their video and a campaign on social networks, they are promoting the use of “levidrome”.

And it is growing!

Schools and libraries have supported the boy’s term, and actor William Shatner has even reached out to the people behind the Oxford English Dictionary, via email and Twitter, to recommend its inclusion.

And according to the Oxford University Press, Levi might just see his word making the books – eventually.

“A lot of people know your word and know what it means, which means ‘levidroma’ is on its way in our dictionary,” the organization explained in a response to Levi.

The word even appeared on this week Oxford Words Watch listing.

But there is still some work to be done before it can reach the pages of one of the Oxford dictionaries, as the levidrome must “demonstrate widespread and sustained use over time.”

It’s only been seven weeks since Levi and his family told the world about his neologism, so keep using it!