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We all love when a celebrity throws his or her support behind a good cause. William Shatner’s latest crusade is in support of adding a new word to the dictionary, one created by six-year-old Vancouver resident Levi Budd, according to The Toronto Star. This word is “levidrome,” meaning a word that spells another definable word backwards.
Levi’s dad helped him start a crusade to get this word added to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary by posting a video to YouTube that told the story of how Levi came up with this word. Having been a language enthusiast already at such a young age, Levi noticed that “stop” backwards spells “pots.” He knew this wasn’t a palindrome… so what was it?
Though colloquially, this type of word has been referred to as an emordnilap — palindrome spelled backwards — there was no official word. Though the word has been gaining traction in schools and libraries around Canada, the Budd family has yet to hear an official ruling from Merriam-Webster or the Oxford dictionary. However, Merriam-Webster said that in order for the word to make it to the dictionary, it has to be popular.
The Budd family is off to a good start —they caught the attention of our favorite Enterprise captain! Perhaps that's because "levidrome" sounds like it could be a gadget from the Star Trek universe.
Dearest @OxfordWords I just sent you an email about #Levidromes - a word that when spelled backwards, turns into a different yet valid english word for addition to your dictionary. Please see: https://t.co/5SlvhaMP3U for more info on this new exciting word! ❌⭕️❗️ Bill pic.twitter.com/udcZN7psOG— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 8, 2017
Check out the cute video below, and throw a tweet at the dictionary in support for Levi!