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Posted: 29 November 2017 12:06 AM   [ Ignore ]
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http://wgntv.com/2017/11/28/6-year-old-wants-new-word-levidrome-added-to-dictionary-but-he-needs-your-help/

6-year-old Levi Budd has always been fascinated by words.

One day, his family drove past a Stop sign and Levi noticed that “stop” spells an entirely different word backwards: “pots.”

He asked his parents if there was a word for that. After some research, they found out there is not.

Now, the Budd family is trying to get a new word put in Merriam Webster Dictionary: “Levidrome.”

Levidromes would be similar to palindromes—but instead of a word that spells the same word backwards—Levidromes would be a word that spells a different, yet valid, word backwards.

For example, stop is pots, desserts is stressed, and tip is pit.

Oxford Dictionary’s response:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=JJkV9HwtM4k

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Posted: 29 November 2017 12:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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No, sounds too much like a place to practice auto- and tele-kinesis

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Posted: 29 November 2017 02:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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OED needs to have documented proof of a word’s usage, and I’m not sure that a fond parent claiming his or her son has coined a word (if that’s what they are doing) would be sufficient to meet their standards. Maybe if it is him, the boy has written it down somewhere in a date-marked document which can be attested to the writing of a six-year old or some other equally valid evidence proving its initial usage by him, the parents, or whoever. It could be entered as a probable attribution to get round it if the word did take off on a life of its own. It’s a useful word, though.

The whole story smacks a tad of hot-housing, which I’m not in favour of.

[ Edited: 29 November 2017 02:32 AM by ElizaD ]
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Posted: 29 November 2017 10:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Actually there is a word for this practice, it’s called an anagram, which is transposing letters of one word and creating a different one. The words stop to pots is essentially a transposition of the letters and it would be categorized as an anagram.

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Posted: 29 November 2017 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Logophile - 29 November 2017 10:38 AM

Actually there is a word for this practice, it’s called an anagram, which is transposing letters of one word and creating a different one. The words stop to pots is essentially a transposition of the letters and it would be categorized as an anagram.

No, the levidrome would be a small subset of anagrams. For instance, caution is an anagram of auction but those words are not levidromes.

I don’t know whether levidrome is going to catch on, but it does have the advantage of genuinely filling a previously vacant niche.

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Posted: 30 November 2017 12:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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No, the levidrome would be a small subset of anagrams. For instance, caution is an anagram of auction but those words are not levidromes.
I don’t know whether levidrome is going to catch on, but it does have the advantage of genuinely filling a previously vacant niche.

I partially agree, but I don’t know how vacant that niche is.

Although I admire little Levi’s fascination with words, particularly with words spelled backwards, but his suggestion, or his parents, is one of many. I don’t think the novelty is about the word, levidrome; I think the novelty is more about the a six-year-old boy’s fascination with words.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/what-is-the-term-for-a-word-which-is-another-word-spelled-backwards

http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/backword.htm

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Posted: 30 November 2017 06:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Logophile - 30 November 2017 12:39 AM

No, the levidrome would be a small subset of anagrams. For instance, caution is an anagram of auction but those words are not levidromes.
I don’t know whether levidrome is going to catch on, but it does have the advantage of genuinely filling a previously vacant niche.

I partially agree, but I don’t know how vacant that niche is.

Although I admire little Levi’s fascination with words, particularly with words spelled backwards, but his suggestion, or his parents, is one of many. I don’t think the novelty is about the word, levidrome; I think the novelty is more about the a six-year-old boy’s fascination with words.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/what-is-the-term-for-a-word-which-is-another-word-spelled-backwards

http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/backword.htm

Fair.

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