Recently, a wise boy from Victoria, Canada found out that English language still lacks something – a word which can describe words spelled a whole different when they are written backwards.
Worry not because Levi Budd figured out something for this.
Based on the now-viral video they have shared via Youtube, this all began when this kid noticed a stop sign while on a trip with his parents. He noted, “Mom, I see that ‘stop’ spells ‘pots’ backwards. That’s not a palindrome. What do we call a word like that … where a word spells another word backwards?”
Although he and his family can give thousands of examples of what he’s trying to explain like pool/loop, wolf/flow, pal/lap etc., they can’t tell exactly the word in the dictionary which best describes it. Thus, they’ve come up with levidrome.
Levi’s father explained in the video that they’ve contacted Webster dictionary to know how levidrome can be added on the official English lexicon. They discovered that the only way for it to be included was for everyone to start utilizing it every day. With that, Levi’s father decided to reach out the online world to promote his son’s newly-coined word.
Good thing, people positively taken this up. As a matter of fact, William Shatner, former Star Trek actor supports this cause. He didn’t hesitate to send Oxford Dictionaries about this matter. He kept on campaigning this on Twitter. It eventually drew attention from the Twitter space as people are so excited to see this new word be added into the hallowed pages of the dictionary.
Right before Thanksgiving, Levi received a video from Oxford Dictionaries in connection to the social media fervor.
Editor Rebecca Jaganaru stated that “Levi, there are many new words every year, some very clever ones and some very useful ones. We don’t add all of these words to our dictionary. We’d never sleep if we did. Instead, we only add the words that get used by a lot of people for a long time.”
She further added that there’s still hope. When people keep on employing this word (this is where we can all help), it may make its way into the dictionary. Actually, it was already included in the list of Webster’s open-sourced dictionary and Urban dictionary.
“We have a list of all the words we want to keep an eye on, and levidrome is on that list. In a year or so, if lots of people are still using your word, it might well get into our dictionary,” she added.