Friday, 13 April 2018

L is for Levidrome and languages ...




A Canadian lad aged 6 suggested 'levidrome' as a new word for the Oxford English Dictionary ... it is being promoted ... even by the Captain of Star Ship Enterprise: Canadian William Shatner himself ...

Levi Budd, aged 6 - now 7!
c/o Times Columnist


There are now Levidrome Word Searches ... as depicted here in the Victoria News, where Levi Budd lives ... so let's encourage usage of Levidrome and those words ...





I came up with 'draw' and 'pool' ... but my brain doesn't work too quickly ... of course it (my brain!) is fine - but I think I need time to work some other levidromes out - still world-wide the concept is gaining... go Levi.


Levidromelist


By the way ... levidromes are words that spell another word when spelt backwards ... as my two above: draw and pool ... and I wrote about them in an earlier post - link below ... 



I'm not going into the ramifications of all the languages spoken here in Canada - except to say I'm glad they are being preserved for posterity ... we learn so much from different peoples with their specific words.


A bi-lingual sign in Montreal
(part of the fief given in 1658 to
Lambert Closse, one of the first
colonists of Montreal)


English and French are the main ones ... while a thought has been expressed that language is at the core of Canadian experience ... there are a multitude of languages used in Canada.


64 indigenous languages are listed in Wiki, as well as 21 minority languages ... then there's sign languages and more ... and of course two English ones! ... but language evolves ... as we are all finding out ...  


I'll leave you to comment in English! - with a levidrome please ... yet our word-play makes up so much of our world today ... here's to a now 7 year old - Levi Budd and his new word 'Levidrome' ...


That is L for Levidrome and Canada, the land of Languages ... from Aspects by a British 'girl' in Canada ...




To you all - this is from Levi's Dad:   Tweet a levidrome - per the request below ... pretty please!!


There is currently a charity #levidrome initiative on twitter. For every levidrome posted to twitter in April, $1 goes to a food box for families in need. IF you are on twitter, tweet a levidrome and don't forget to include "#levidrome" :)

Thank you ...


Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

38 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
...well I sat and thought and thought that surely there was already a word for such as this; there is palindrome, of course, but that is same to same... well I never; does that smart boy like trams... ??? &*> YAM xx

Liz A. said...

I guess it didn't have a word before. So many languagues out there.

Elephant's Child said...

I am still awed at Levi. Despite my love of words neither of my brain cells operate well in word games.
Sadly I believe that many of Australia's indigenous languages are in danger of being lost. Extreme danger.

Chatty Crone said...

That was an impressive little guy.

Lenny Lee said...

i remember you mentioning this in an earlier post. really clever of him to think up such a neat idea. my last name is one. lee=eel. fun to look for words you can read backwards. deer=reed, now=won, ton=not, spam=maps. and..fun=nuf (Jamaican patois for "enough") as in nuf said. lol

language is really important to culture. too bad so many are lost over time. i'm glad for the anthropologists an linguists who study languages and write them down so they won't be lost forever.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Yamini - love your thinking process and Levi I'm sure will delighted to read your comment ... his Dad seems to pick these posts up. Clever!!!! trams and smart ... love that ...

@ Liz - I know I struggled earlier ...

@ EC - I agree ... I'm in total awe of him ... this has totally beguiled me, yet totally knobbled me into realising how not so clever I am - yet thrilled at his ability with words and letters ...

I think our indigenous languages here - in Canada - are in danger of being lost ... but I must investigate ... they were doing things at the British Library in London before I left ...

@ Sandie - isn't Levi ... just a great little lad ...

@ Lenny- you were almost this age when I first met you - a few years older ... but not many.

Yes I did write a post not too long ago - well # WAWTB end of March ... as linked above ...

As you so rightly comment - language is so desperately important to culture - and yes scientists of different specialities offer new and recorded ideas for us to take forward ... I must check on the British Library project they had going on before I left ...

So good to see you ... checking in on Levi's 'levidrome' .. cheers Hilary

Pamela Wright said...

I'd never heard of a levidrome before, and it has got my brain 'exercising' too much this morning. I can't think of a sentence, but I'm going with dog, tram, and ..... okay my brain has officially stopped.
Really interesting post.

Deniz Bevan said...

That's a new word for me! I can actually think of quite a few, because Emily's always interested in words and gets great fun out of mixing them up! Door and rood is one, or pear and reap...

Sue Bursztynski said...

*Stop* these *pots* from burning! 😁 What a little cutie!

L is for Margo Lanagan

https://suebursztynski.blogspot.com.au/2018/04/a-to-z-blogging-challenge-l-is-for.html

Lynn said...

I REVEL in your A to Z posts! How's that? :)

Keith's Ramblings said...

I've been fascinated by levidromes since you mentioned in an earlier post and often spend quiet moments thinking some up! I often wonder if one day, hundreds of years in the future, there will be just one world-wide language.

A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

Bob Scotney said...

You have me hunting levidromes too - shame may name is not Otto. Or is that not allowed?

Joanne said...

clever lad - I enjoyed your original post about him. I'll have to think about his words today (as I kill time at work!). And if nothing else, I like the Canadian "eh" in their language.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Levi is a smart boy! am still quite impressed with his invention...Glad all languages are being preserved, so much richness to each.

Deborah Weber said...

Levidromes rock, just like Levi does. I'm wishing that somehow a clock will EMIT TIME on demand, so I can get more done each day.

Jo said...

I am impressed with Levi and also with Lenny with coming up with so many Levidromes. Deep occurs to me, gnat is another. I hope the word does get put in the dictionary.

French Canadian is not much like Parisienne French Hilary, even a Frenchman I met over here had trouble trying to understand Quebecois.

Sherry Ellis said...

Yay for Levi! I think his word his great!

Jacqui Murray said...

I didn't even try, Hilary! I'm so sorry!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Pam - well done on your two words ... and yes I think a few of us will be exercising our brains for Levi ...

@ Deniz - delighted to see you, and how wonderful Emily is catching on to your interest in words ... I'm not so sure about pear and raep ... however I see it's in the urban dictionary ... so one to add - perhaps for adults ...

@ Sue - yes ... doesn't Levi look just a delight ... pots and stop = are good ones ...

@ Lynn - excellent ... clever - and thanks so much for the compliment ...

@ Keith - oh great to read ... that the word, idea and concept has stayed around in your psyche. One language ... always possible - though will we keep ourselves going that long ...

@ Bob - I'm quite certain Otto is allowed - especially to us friends here ...

@ Joanne - thanks ... I had to bring Levi in to my L post this month - have fun dreaming up words .., the Canadian 'eh' I don't think I've come across ... my phrase is 'sorry - I have to translate everything into English' ... then the reply is - so do we' t'other way though'!

@ Nila - it's good languages are being protected now, as too dialects in Britain ... and so pleased Levi still resonates with you ...

@ Deborah - oh that's great ... clever use of another Levidrome - thanks so much ... and yes if there was more time, that would be wonderful to have it on tap (pat) ...especially in April!!

@ Jo - yes both young men are pretty impressive aren't they - I certainly hope levidrome gets into the dictionary ... deep and gnat are good ones ... the deep one a little on the risque side ... but it is tipping it down with rain now!

Thanks for the tip re French Canadian ... haven't got that one sorted out yet ... thankfully I'm in an English speaking part of the world ...

@ Sherry - exactly = yay for Levi ... he seems to have established himself in the 'world of words' ...

@ Jacqui - you disappoint me ... but I know you'll remember Levidrome ...

Thanks so much for your comments - I know Levi's Dad will read later on .... and they'll be happy to see another post using Levi's word: Levidrome - cheers Hilary

Levi's Dad said...

Hi friends! I will share your comments with Levi!

His favourite levidrome words are nametag-gateman, diaper-repaid, drawer-reward, stressed-desserts and maps-spam :)

There is currently a charity #levidrome initiative on twitter. For every levidrome posted to twitter in April, $1 goes to a food box for families in need. IF you are on twitter, tweet a levidrome and don't forget to include "#levidrome" :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Levi's Dad ... so good to see you again - and delighted to know Levi will be reading the comments ... I'll do a note out re the Twitter bit ... and perhaps get myself going on twitter - something I don't do: but a food bank is a good cause ...

Love Levi's words ... very clever ... thanks, cheers and good luck - from us all, and me obviously! Hilary

Rhodesia said...

I hope his word levidrome gets on the RADAR and is put in the Oxford dictionary. Have a good weekend Diane

Rhodesia said...

Ooops I was a bit STRESSED there as I used a word that spells the same word backwards. Hopefully, this will make up for it :-) Diane

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I hadn't heard the term levidrome before today. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. :) Happy Soring!

Out on the prairie said...

My favorite would be stressed/ desserts

Emily Bloomquist said...

Hmmmm.... My brother-in-law's name is Lee and the Levidrome is eel.

Love that Levi's initiative is taking root, Hilary. Thanks for spreading the word!

Emily In Ecuador

DMS said...

Love this! I hope I remember to tweet this weekend. :) Sounds like a wonderful charity and a fun new word. :)
~Jess

Debby Gies said...

What a clever boy and a clever post Hilary. Love that word! :)

A Cuban In London said...

I would contribute "ram", which is "mar" (sea) in Spanish, but I guess you're not allowed to cross languages. :-)

Greetings from London.

Sue McPeak said...

Although, Levidrome is a new word for me, I applaud Levi's ingenuity and those who support him. My goodness, but there is a lot of versatility in your Canada Theme.

Melissa Sugar said...

I’m so impressed with your precious, curious little boy. I’l make many efforts this month to join the charity #Levidrome on Twitter. I’m Getting a late start but I’ll make many contributions. You must be so proud .
Melissa @
Sugar Crime Scene
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Melissa Sugar said...

Hil, this is such an exciting post. I’ve often played around with words that had two different meanings when spelled differently written front to back or vice versa. I’m kind of a word freak.I didn’t even realize that there wasn’t a name for it. How clever for Little Levi to first discover the difference with STOP AND POTS and then realize there wasn’t a recognized word for the topic. He’s an incredible kid. One of my favorite Levidromes is Desserts and Stressed so I feel in good company that it’s a fav of his as well - LOL.
The more I read your post, the more I see how much you’ve lived — you devil —you. Hilary, I’m delighted we’re pals even if i deserve a slap every now and then for my tardiness. I can’t cook so you keep the spoons and I’ll be the nosy one who snoops.
Melissa @
Sugar Crime Scene

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Diane - well done ... but not as a levidrome I guess ... so excellent idea ...

However ... you were stressed, or full of desserts, - ye t ... I'd say RADAR fitted ... as it is a levidrome - regardless of the connotation ...

@ Sharon - well that's great ... and I'm sure with your love of language you'll be promoting levidrome for Levi ...

@ Steve - yes those two words accomplish much in our thought processes ...

@ Emily - yup 'eel' he bee!!! I haven't done much ...but kept the story going ... I'm here in Canada - I must help ...

@ Jess - that's great ... and thanks so much if you'd tweet - anything to help food banks adds to my appreciation ...

@ Debby - isn't it great ... had to use Levidrome again during this 'challenge' ...

@ ACIL - frankly I don't see why not - it'd open our eyes to new languages ... and improve our history of languages ... so delighted to see your contribution ...

@ Sue - oh you should know me by now ... I don't do the obvious ... toooo boring!! But great - I hope you'll use levidrome at some stage ...

@ Melissa - to answer both your comments ... delighted to see you'll tweet for Levi - but I've only just become aware of the food bank tweeting plus ... must learn to tweet myself ...

I wish I had anything to do with it - I just picked up Levi (if you can say that!) via the Times Colonist newspaper ... and other web things I'd noted - that I had to add to his story to help him ...

His father is definitely a word fanatic and obviously totally supports Levi in promoting his word 'levidrome' ... and he is as you say one incredible kid ...

I have lived .. but not as much as perhaps I'd have liked to - still I've been places, seen areas ... and now through blogging realise many other aspects of life ...

... and well done re the snoops and spoons ... clever!

Thanks so much to you all ... for being here and for promoting Levi and his word 'levidrome' ... cheers Hilary

Kim Blades said...

What a clever little boy!

bookworm said...

So many of my friends love word play - my mind isn't nimble enough. I did tweet this out, though. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

M. Denise C. said...

Levi sounds like such an awesome young man! Cheers to him and to you for sharing his story, Hilary.

Levi's Dad said...

Hi friends,

Levi is very thankful for your support and your comments! He too loves the STRESSED - DESSERTS levidrome! There are so many good ones!

The best part of this whole process has been all the conversations about language that have been sparked. It's just wonderful!

KEEP (peek #levidrome) posting your levidromes to twitter this month and with any luck we will help raise some good money for a good cause! This whole thing has been a wonderful exercise in modelling initiative.

Make sure to #levidrome on twitter!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Kim - he is one clever lad isn't he ... such a fun post to write up ...

@ Alana - my mind too ... but it's so wonderful to read about our youngsters enjoying their word world ...

@ Denise - thanks ... it just seemed the right thing to bring L for Levidrome into these A-Z posts ...

@ Levi's Dad - thanks so much ... I'm delighted Levi is pleased with our friends here ... we all love words, and his concept has certainly set the minds working.

#levidrome ... I must learn about twittering!! But so glad we can all help you both and it seems get our own minds a-wandering along stressed levidromes!!

Thanks so much to you all - I feel with our help Levi will get his word into the dictionary ... cheers Hilary