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Here at our Levidrome News section we will publish or link to existing articles or news stories about levidromes. You could almost call it Levidrome Central. If you have any interesting articles or links, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to add the information on our pages.

It will also serve as chronology of the events as it follows Levi's quest in making levidrome an accepted word by the popular dictionaries (Oxford, Merriam-Webster, etc.).


Levidromes in the Wild

Posted on December 17th, 2018

Levidromes in the Wild

With the introduction of our latest tool to find levidromes, we decided to write a followup article about levidromes in the wild.

Levidromes are pretty cool. However, standing by themselves without their levidromic partner present, they are just ordinary words. For the most part, you wouldn't even give them a second glance when using them in normal writing or publishing. There are levidromes in most written publications, from the King James Bible, to the works of Shakespeare to the front page of the New York Times.

However, the true magic of a levidrome occurs when the matching pair of a levidrome sneaks onto the page. The closer to the matching pair, the more "magical".

Dennis sinned. Now that is a purist form of a levidrome pair. It is a complete sentence, composed only of levidromes. Not bad.

Not bad? Wait, if you didn't quite catch it, the words "Not Bad" are also both levidromes...not (ton) and bad (dab). Also a "purist" sentence, because both words are levidromes. However, the spark of the magic is somewhat diminished because their pairs were nowhere to be seen.

If a sentence has both pairs of the levidrome, it is truly a magical sentence. The "Whoa" factor.

If not in a sentence, then perhaps in a paragraph? If a paragraph has both pairs of a levidrome making their appearances, the magic is still there.

However, if the levidromic pairs appear way across a document from one another, it just becomes a "cool" moment, assuming that you found them. I suppose that is why the phenomenom of levidromes in the wild are difficult to spot. They are everywhere, but you need to be looking for them in order to make the connections.

Accidental placements of levidrome pairs are extraordinarily phenomenal, because that is when the magic really happens. The author unintentially uses both pairs of a levidrome close enough to each other that a wary reader will recognize them. Those are wild levidromes. No planning. No preparation. Just luck of the draw.

The levidrome finder tool we developed will help find those levidromes in the wild, and if their levidromic pair is in your text selection, then it will help you find those magical instances.

Phew, this article made me a bit stressed, I think I will flow down to the kitchen and wolf down some leftover desserts. Accidental levidromes? Ah ha, you caught me. But a double whammy levidromic pair in a single sentence? Too tempting to resist, and besides, what a great way to end this article on a doubly magical note. ;)



Levidrome Finder

Posted on December 16th, 2018

Levidrome Finder

We have introduced a new tool to help people find levidromes in various documents.

The tool is called Levidrome Finder. To used the tool, you copy your text, then paste it into the text box of the tool, and click on "Find those Levidromes". The process will then seek out the language you have selected and find any matching levidromes. It will hilite the levidromes and mark them as bold if both pairs are in the same document. There is also a summary at the bottom of the results page with counts of all levidromes found.

The image we have in this article shows a snippet from the NYTimes text after we did a copy and paste of their website. From the December 16, 2018 web edition of the NY Times, our Levidrome finder found 185 levidromes from 1856 words from their website. Not bad. Ten percent of the front page on that day were levidromes! If we change the language selection to English-Insane, it is closer to 20 percent. And, there were also 4 levidrome pairs found as well (both partners of the levidrome pair). We think that is pretty exciting.

Try out our tool on other pages or on other documents. You will soon discover that we are all levidromists without even really trying.

Have fun, and #LEVIDROME

Let's make this happen!

Aside: This "Levidrome Finder" article had 26 levidromes. See if you can find them. Hint. Use the tool.



Shatner Tweets Jeopardy!

Posted on December 4th, 2018

Twitter tweet

On November 20, 2018 the gameshow Jeopardy! had a category called "Forwards & Backwards" (which can be seen here) which depicted similar answers you would find in the Levidrome game, Cryptic Clues. And guess what, the questions were levidromes.

This category did not go unnoticed by levidromists.

William Shatner noticed and posted a Tweet to Jeopardy! stating "Hey @Jeopardy you should change your category to #Levidrome It's a real word and less letters"

After not receiving a response, Shatner tweeted another Tweet to Jeopardy! stating "I believe today is the anniverary of suggesting that #Levidrome be put into the dictionary! Have we heard from @Jeopardy about this? Where's Trebek?" Jeopardy! responded with "Where's Trebek? He's trying to figure out how a 6-year-old might get a word in the dictionary before him!".

This story was picked up by some news outlets, particularly CTV News on November 29, 2018.

This is the sort of attention we need to see. Let's make this happen.



Jeopardy! had Levidromes, but...

Posted on November 21st, 2018

Jeopardy!

...the category wasn't levidromes. Jeopardy! had their Teen Tournament games between November 7 and November 20, 2018. In their 10th game of the competition, Jeopardy! had a category called "Forwards and Backwards" in their double jeopardy round. In this category, they would show the answer and then ask for a pair of words for the question.

Alex Trebek, the host for Jeopardy! described the "Forwards & Backwards" category as "We'll need 2 words for each response, and each one will be the reverse of the other".

Since there isn't a formal definition for "Forwards & Backwards" words, Jeopardy! opted with just calling the category "Forwards & Backwards".

This was a classic levidrome category.

In case you missed it, here is an excerpt from the "Forwards & Backwards" round:

We think it is time for Jeopardy! to start using the word levidromes. After all, there is a word for these backwards type of words.

We did a bit of digging. Jeopardy! is in its 35 season. Congratulations Jeopardy! Jeopardy! had made use of the levidromic categories in the past including a few variations. You can view these results in the links below:

I suppose we can let it slip for the older shows because levidrome wasn't even a word yet. (Heck, Levi was not even born yet for most of the episodes). But anything going forward, it should be levidromes.



Levidrome Memory Match Game (Hard)

Posted on November 7th, 2018

Levidrome List Memory Game (Hard)

I think this is the quickest sequel in the history of games. We modified the original game we published at the beginning of the month. We call it the hard version, or "Levidrome Memory Match Game II, the Sequel". It is the exact game as the easy version as far as game play, levidrome pairs and endgame comments but with only one exception - the "colors" (or as we Canadians like to say, the "colours"). It is amazing the difference colors make in a game - it makes it that much more difficult when you only have words to match, like STOP, SPOT, TOPS, POTS. Anyways, check it out at either the easy version or hard version.



Levidrome Memory Match Game

Posted on November 1st, 2018

Levidrome List Memory Game

We have adding another game to our site. Enjoy our adaption of the standard memory game, or match game. Instead of matching images, you match levidromic pairs. Have fun playing the memory game. Beat your time. Try solving the game in the fewest guesses. Challenge your friends. Each game will be a bit different, so play often. Have fun.

What better way to share levidromes than by playing levidrome games. So we updated our website with the new games section as well and linked all known levidrome games.

Special thanks to Marina Ferreira for her tutorial, https://medium.freecodecamp.org/vanilla-javascript-tutorial-build-a-memory-game-in-30-minutes-e542c4447eae for the basics of setting up the game.



AH HA! - A Levidrome!

Posted on October 20th, 2018

Ah Ha - A Levidrome

Have you ever had an "AH HA!" moment? The moment when the light bulb goes on? The moment or instant at which the solution to a problem or other significant realization becomes clear. Sudden insight. Well, that was a levidrome moment.

You see, "ah" is a levidrome of "ha". Short. Sweet. To the point. In fact, it is our favourite levidromic pair. There aren't many levidrome pairs which can stand out in a sentence on their own. "AH HA" is one of them. To give them proper emphasis, it is recommended to capitalized both words, and maybe surrounding them in quotes.

Now, you may be thinking, "AH HA" should actually be spelled "aha". And you know what...you're right! There is the "aha moment". Although aha has been around for years, it was only added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a mere 6 years ago, with respect to the definition of an "aha moment". In 2012, largely thanks to Oprah Winfrey's use of the phrase, "Aha moment" made it into the dictionary. Aha was formed by combining the two words "Ah" and "Ha".

Ironically a pair of levidromes gave birth to a palindrome. AH + HA = AHA.

If Oprah can get a word into the dictionary, so can we. One interesting bit of information is Oprah had also created a levidrome of her own. "Oprah" spelled backwards is "Harpo". Harpo Productions is the multimedia production company founded by Oprah.

Hmmm, if we could only get Oprah on board, levidrome would be a shoe in.



Oxford Not Ready

Posted on October 16th, 2018

Oxford Not Ready

Cindy E. Harnett published an article in the Times Colonist titled "Latest word on levidrome: Oxford says it's not ready, but linguist begs to differ". In the article, she mentions that Oxford Dictionaries is not seeing a lot of natural use of levidrome.

The article consults an associate linguistics professor from the University of British Columbia. He states that natural use of levidrome is a tall order.

And we would agree.

When someone comes across a levidrome, or a palindrome, it is not as though s/he will actively tell the world about it. It would be more of a thought than a broadcast. It would be more of a "oh cool, that's a levidrome" - and life goes on.

In the article, it goes on by saying there are other proposed words with the same meaning as levidrome, such as antigram, heterodrome, or semordnilap. However these words haven't stuck. No websites dedicated to those words, unlike levidromes at https://www.levidromelist.com.

Natural use is going to be pretty hard for a somewhat obscure word in rarely used scenarios. Databases, which Oxford would use to determine word popularity and longevity, only work with written words or "published writings". So the more tweets or articles about levidromes the better. Spread the word.

So for now, levidrome ends up in the seldom used category with words like acnestis (part of your back you cannot scratch), meldrop (a drop of mucus at the nose) or octothorpe (the hash tag { # }).

The wait shall continue, and #levidrome (octothorpe levidrome).



Operation Levidrome - Photoshopbattles Reddit - Winners

Posted on October 12th, 2018

Operation Levidrome - Photoshopbattles Reddit

Operation Levidrome on reddit's photoshopbattles ran for 2 weeks between September 27 to October 10, 2018. There were 17 creative submissions to the contest. Below are the winners for the first, second and third places. Note: Being part of the photoshopbattles community, we submitted a couple of entries as well which were the rats-star entry (we'll call that one an "honourable mention") and the peed-deep entry (we won't mention that one again).

This shows that even though levidromes are words, many times those words could be represented by pictures and images. And anytime there is a picture and a community like photoshopbattles which loves to do stuff with pictures and images, well that's just a recipe for having fun.

Enjoy viewing the first, second and third place submissions. (The remainder of the submissions can be seen at Operation Levidrome: photoshopbattles).

First Place - dab=bad
Operation Levidrome - First Place

Second Place - pooh hula hoop slam dunk pooh on a hoop
Operation Levidrome - Second Place

Third Place - Omen==Nemo
Operation Levidrome - Third Place

Levidromes - not just words!



Levidrome - A Global Phenomenon

Posted on October 10th, 2018

Levidrome - A Global Phenomenon

Well it looks like levidrome is hitting the news again. Not only did we publish an article to celebrate one year since the levidrome video was published, but so did Times Colonist, the Oakbay News and Victoria News. All these stories were published on October 9th, 2018, the "Birth Date" of levidrome.

In the Times Colonist article, Cindy E. Harnett recaps many of the hilites which occurred throughout the past year. She mentions that levidrome "appeared in newspapers in South Africa, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, India, Spain and Singapore".

In the Oakbay News and the Victoria News articles, Christine Van Reeuwyk writes a quote from Lucky (Levi's dad), stating "We have transcripts from radio shows discussing them in New Zealand, Australia, Germany. And we are seeing lists of Levidrome words in well over 20 languages including French, Italian, Russian, the languages of the Philippines.".

Quite the world trip, and quite the global presence. We are proud to be able to provide levidrome lists in many different languages!



Levidrome - Happy Birthday

Posted on October 9th, 2018

Levidrome - Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday levidrome! We consider your birth date October 9th, 2017 when your YouTube video appeared on the internet. You are one year old today. You started out as a word in Levi's vocabulary. And today, one year later, you have made quite the impression.

Shortly after your birth, you started to become popular.

The Times Colonist picked up on your story and wrote and article about you. You made an appearance in the Urban Dictionary. William Shatner tweets to the Oxford Dictionary about you. You made an appearance in the Merriam-Webster Open Dictionary. Olympian Simon Whitfield tweets your name. People like your name so much, they register your name on the internet as domains. The Toronto Star publishes a story on you. Levidromelist.com is created because of you. Oxford Dictionary responded with a YouTube video of their own about you. You appear in an Oxford Dictionary blog. The Today website publishes a story about you. A song is written about you and published on YouTube.

Levidrome - Happy Birthday Gif

CTV publishes a story about you. You make an appearance in the Wiktionary. You became a challenge project in various schools. You appear in an Oxford Dictionary blog for a second time. A number of beers are named after you. You get William Shatner's thumbs up tweet for the beer name. You inspired a new game, Cryptic Clue. Another website and hangman game is created because of you. You hit the Sunday edition of the NY Times. A randomly generated wordsearch puzzle is created because of you. You make an appearance in the NY Times a second time. You appear in the Urban Dictionary a second time. A wordcloud is inspired by you. An Operations: Levidrome on reddit's photoshopbattles was launched in honour of you. There are a lot of fun facts about you.

Like we said, you made quite the impression. You can find more details for these stories in our News section..

Happy Birthday levidrome ! ! !



Levidrome Video - Transcribed.

Posted on October 4th, 2018



The quest to get the word levidrome recognized by the dictionaries started almost one year ago. The YouTube video, "Levidrome - Let's get this word in the dictionary", was posted by LuckyBudd on October 9, 2017. As of today the video has been seen already over 40,000 times.

You may have seen the video, but have you ever read the words behind the video?

What is this sorcery you speak of? How do you "read" a video?

Well, a transcript of course.

Below we have put together a transcript from that video. Happy reading. Now before you comment, we know you can turn on Closed Captioning or CC on most youtube videos to read what is being said, and quite honestly that is how we created most of the transcript below. But CC is a best effort going against dictionaries, and guess what? Levidrome is not in any dictionary yet, so it couldn't resolve that word, amoung others. Anyways, here is the transcript:

Levidrome Video - Transcribed Hi I'm Lucky (and I'm Levi) and we are doing a project.

We are trying to get a new word into the dictionary and we need your help. My son Levi has always been fascinated by language. Many a night when he was four I'd be woken up at four in the morning by...

Dad, I just thought of another great palindrome...Do you want to hear it...racecar...Isn't that great?

A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same forward as backwards so Levi was right.
R A C E C A R spelled backwards is racecar.

One day when he was five we pulled up to a stop sign. He looked at it and he said...

Mum, I see STOP spells POTS backwards... that's not a palindrome. What do you call a word like that in the English language where a word spells another word backwards?

Hmm... that's a good question buddy. Let's look that up when we get home.

When we got home we found that there was no word in the dictionary to describe a word that is spelled one way and spells another word backwards... like STOP and POTS...DOG and GOD...TIP and PIT. Sometimes people use the word "emordnilap" which is the word palindrome backwards, but this makes no sense at all and a bit of research told us that this isn't an official word either.

So we think that we should call these words levidromes after the five-year-old boy who came up with it.

When we contacted Webster's dictionary about it they said all we need to do is get this word to be popular. So all we need to do is keep on sharing this video as many times as possible and we can get this word named after Levi into the dictionary.

Levidrome


Fun Facts about Levidromes

Posted on October 2nd, 2018

Levidrome Scrabble

Levidromes are pretty cool. They are magical. We have compiled a list of fun facts about Levidromes:

  1. Historical - Levidromes have been around ever since we had words. There just wasn't a word invented to describe this linguistic phenomenom of creating another valid word when spelling it backwards.
  2. Multilingual - Levidromes exist in all languages. Levidrome Lists proves that. If you have an extensive list of words, then chances are you have levidromes.
  3. Minority - Levidromes are rare. Only 0.32% of words (english) are levidromes.
  4. Eponym - An Eponym is a word named after a person. Levidrome is named after its founder, Levi Budd.
  5. Buds - By nature of their definition, levidromes always exist in pairs. If you have one levidromic partner, just spell the word backwards and you will find its buddy. Hmmm...Levi Budd. Levidrome for the word, budd for its "buddy", or pair....hmmm. There may be another word off to the dictionaries? Budd - one half of a levidrome pair. Also an eponym.
  6. Scrabble - If you spell the word Levidrome in scrabble, it is a minimum of 15 points.
  7. Longest English - The longest english levidrome pair has 8 letters (stressed - desserts, dioramas - samaroid, lattimer-remittal, nicolaus-sualocin, redrawer - rewarder).
  8. Shortest - The shortest levidrome in english has 2 letters. There are 66 pairs of 2 lettered levidromes.
  9. Longest Overall - The longest levidromic pair across all our different languages can be found in our Bulgarian list. It has an unprecidented 14 letters! I won't even pretend to know how to pronounce it (or even spell it), but it can be found here
  10. Most Popular - Most english levidromes start with the letter "S".
  11. Least Popular - There is only 1 english levidrome which starts with "Q", and that is in the english-insane list.
  12. In the Alphabet - In the english-insane list there is a levidrome starting with every letter of the alphabet. In the regular english list, "Q" is missing.
  13. Fate: - The 9 letters in the word "Levidrome" can re-arranged into a 7 letter levidrome pair (deliver - reviled), leaving the letters o and m, which is also a levidrome pair in the insane-english list (om - mo). So the message is "deliver om". My interpretation of this means "deliver levidrome to om", or deliver levidrome to the (o)Oxford and (m)Merriam-Webster dictionaries. Coincidence...I think not! Now we just need the reverse, that is, "om deliver" - meaning Oxford and Merriam-Webster will deliver by putting levidrome into their dictionaries.

We hope you learned something new about levidromes. If you can think of some other interesting facts, feel free to contact us and we will add them to our list.



Operation Levidrome - Photoshopbattles Reddit

Posted on September 27th, 2018

Operation Levidrome - Photoshopbattles Reddit

Levidrome has hit Reddit in a big way. Reddit is a discussion group with images and topics which are voted up or down by other members. Reddit has a number of subreddits of various specific topics. One of the more popular subreddits is photoshopbattles with over 13.7 million subscribers.

At Photoshopbattles, people submit photos and other members manipulated the photos in unique ways in forms of comments with an image attached. Then the user community votes for the best comment. Photoshopbattles also have weekly Contests and Operations. The next contest entry is decided by the winner of the current contest. Operations, however are decided by the moderators of photoshopbattles. Photoshopbattles delivers a weekly "Operations" contest with a specific theme. Their current Operation is called Levidrome.

It will be really fun to see the entries. Levidromes in pictures, and knowing the photoshopbattle community, there will be some pretty creative pictures. The Operation image displayed here is of the levidrome (Dog, God). Part of the fun will also be to vote for the best image.



More Levidrome Words

Posted on September 25th, 2018

More Levidrome Words

We are proud to have an extensive list of levidromes. We are proud to be able to provide lists in multiple languages. However, we are humble to say we have all known levidromes.

Case in point.

Just look at the Tweet William Shatner posted on September 24th, 2018. Serutan, a levidrome with the word "natures". It was a laxative used between 1930 to 1960. We are assuming since it was an older product it never ended up in our word lists. Who knows how many more levidromes are out there.

Way to go William Shatner!



A Levidrome Word Cloud

Posted on September 12th, 2018

Levidrome List Word Cloud

We have found another creative use for a list of words and in our particular case a list of English levidromes. We have created a word cloud (also known as a "tag cloud") of levidromes pairs! This was accomplished with help from the website https://www.wordclouds.com. It was really easy to put together. Click on the image on the left or here to see the final word cloud image of levidromes.

We love levidromes!



A Second Definition of Levidrome Appears in the Urban Dictionary

Posted on September 4th, 2018

A Second Definition of Levidrome in the Urban Dictionary

The word levidrome makes its second appearance in the Urban Dictionary. The entry was submitted on September 4, 2018 by userid levidromist with the following definition:


levidrome

A word with a new definition when the spelling is reversed

The levidrome for "stop" is "pots"



This is the same definition which appears in the Wiktionary submission.



Levidrome in New York Times, Again!

Posted on August 28th, 2018

Levidrome in New York Times Again

The word levidrome appeared in the New York Times two consecutive months in a row.

William Shatner, an advocate for getting the word levidrome recognized by the Oxford Dictionary, recently posted this tweet on his Twitter page. Essentially, the New York Times printed an article about the word levidrome in their Sunday printed edition on July 29, 2018 (you can see the article here). There was an error in the article about Levi's hometown.



Levidrome in New York Times Again

So on August 25, 2018 the NY Times published a correction. The correction which was in the Kids section of the Sunday NY Times stated:







KIDS



An article in the July 29 kids section about how words get into the dictionary gave the incorrect hometown for Levi Budd, who coined the word "levidrome." He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, not Vancouver.


As William Shatner pointed out in his tweet:



Hello @OxfordWords! I wanted to point out the word #levidrome was used in the @nytimes today. That's a pretty amazing journey from not being a word a year ago. (thumbs up)



Levidrome, and Its Word Family

Posted on August 27th, 2018

Levidrome and its word family

The goal of this website is to acknowledge the word levidrome. Once it becomes recognized, not only will levidrome become a word but also its word family?

What is a word family?

It is a "a group of related words that are formed from the same word"

Using palindrome as a basis, here is a complete list of words which will be created once the popular dictionaries accepts and acknowledges the word levidrome. Please contact us if you believe we missed something.

Word Family for Levidrome

  1. levidrome
  2. levidromes
  3. levidrome's
  4. levidromist
  5. levidromists
  6. levidromist's
  7. levidromic
  8. levidromical
  9. levidromically


Levidrome Wordsearch Puzzle

Posted on August 9th, 2018

Levidrome List Word Search Puzzle

What can you do if you have a list of words, especially cool levidromes? Words and word search puzzles go hand in hand. Check out our recent addition to our website, the Levidrome Word Search Puzzle.

It changes every time you refresh the page, so come back often if you enjoy word searches!



Levidrome hits the New York Times

Posted on July 31st, 2018

New York Times Article

In the Sunday's New York Times (July 29, 2018, printed edition), an article was published by Nathan Mattise titled "How New Words Get Into the Dictionary". Mattise corresponded with Jane Solomon, a lexicographer at Dictionary.com. Mattise focussed on three words in his article - dabbing, grown and levidrome. Here is the write-up on levidrome.

levidrome (noun) - A word that, when spelled backward, forms another word. This word was coined last year by Levi Budd, a 6-year-old who lives in Vancouver, Canada. It applies to words like "pots" ("stop" in reverse) and rats ("star"). (You may have heard of a palindrome, a word that reads the same both ways, like "racecar.") "Levidrome" isn't in the dictionary yet - it's only under consideration - but Solomon thinks there will be enough support to add it. "A word when backwards that spells another word feels kind of magical" she says. "I can see it taking off."



Levidrome Game

Posted on July 25th, 2018

Levidrome Game

Hats off to Rob Wise, Eugene Arkhipov and Renan Aguiar for adapting the popular Hangman game to find two words instead of one. And what are these words you may asked. Well, Levidromes of course. The game will provide 2 answers, with definitions of each of the levidrome pairs. Click on the image or visit Levidrome Game to give it a try. Have fun!

Try not to cheat, but if you need hints (wink, wink), and you happen to stumble across this list of possible answers...(wink, wink)...I'll say no more. ;)



Levidrome Cryptic Clues

Posted on May 11th, 2018

Levidrome Cryptic Clues

A podcast appeared on Victoria This Week, featuring stories about life in Victoria, BC. Three topics were discussed, one of which was about the Levidrome beer manufactured by Phillips Brewing. At the end of the levidrome segment, James Ball and Ryan Price played a game which they called Cryptic Clues. They had 5 cryptic clues:

Cryptic Clue: A bakery ignores you.

Answer: SNUB - BUNS

Cryptic Clue: I need some cash to change the baby.

Answer: DIAPER - REPAID

Cryptic Clue: Seinfield's neighbor has comment for you.

Answer: KRAMER - REMARK

Cryptic Clue: The greek god of thunder likes canals.

Answer: ZEUS - SUEZ

Cryptic Clue: Ben Afflick's BFF walks the earth.

Answer: DAMON - NOMAD

Shortly after this segment aired, Cryptic clues started to be seen on the Lucky Budd Twitter Account. or the Daily Levidrome Twitter Account. Every week, there would be a clue to a levidrome pair. You would try to guess what the levidrome pair is based on the clue. It was one of the first levidrome games to come out.



William Shatner Thumbs up a Good Levidrome

Posted on May 4th, 2018

William Shatner Thumbs up a Good Levidrome

William Shatner noticed the Phillips Brewing Co Levidrome Lager, and he tweets his approval with a thumbs up.

William Shatner has been very influential with getting the levidrome word recognized. Not only does he recognize a good word, but he also recognizes a good lager. Regal Lager.



Phillips Brewing and Malting Co Makes a Levidrome Lager

Posted on May 3rd, 2018

Phillips Levidrome Lager Regal

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. located in Victoria, BC has produced a beer in recognition of the word Levidrome. Their Imperial Regal Lager is a seasonal beer with the levidromes "Regal" and "Lager".

The description Phillips beer has for the Levidrome Beer is:

Levidrome
Imperial Lager
Pours a pale straw colour with light white foam. Herbal and grassy notes mingle with the noble hop and sweet malt character. Its light and balanced mouthfeel finishes with a subtle sweetness.

Malt: Medium
Colour: Light
Hops: Less




Phillips Levidrome Lager Regal Label

Here is a close-up of the label for the beer. On the label it states:

"Regal" is a levidrome spelling "Lager" backwards. Invented by 6 year old Levi Budd who discovered there was no official term to describe this fun linguistic twist. Levidrome Imperial Regal Lager is a bold but balanced strong pilsner brewed to celebrate curiosity and wonder. Help "Levidrome" get added to the dictionary and toast Levi with a big beer for big ideas.

As a side note, there have been at least 2 other breweries who brewed their levidrome-themed beers in the US and Sweden.



Letting Oxford Dictionaries Know About The Levidrome Challenge

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

Letting Oxford Dictionaries Know About the Levidrome Challenge

Mr. Richey from Rogers and Strawberry Vale School had created The Levidrome Challenge earlier in the year. He had previously posted a tweet of his challenge. He later reposted it but this time bringing @Oxfordwords into loop.

An article appears on the "Your School Library" website as well. You can view the full article here. We also have a copy of his bulletin board which can be viewed here.



Levidrome Appears in Oxford Dictionary Blog a Second Time

Posted on April 5th, 2018

Levidrome Appears in Oxford Dictionary Blog a Second Time

The Oxford Dictionary posts an article on their blog titled "You say 'Super Bowl', I Say 'Superb Owl': what is the name for this wordplay?"

In the article Lauren Holden from Yorkshire, England, mentioned "In fact, Oxford Dictionaries' lexicographers are currently tracking use of 'levidrome', a word that was coined by a young Canadian boy last year after realizing there is no name for words that form differently when read forwards and backwards (unlike a palindrome).



Victoria News Publishes Article About Levidromes

Posted on March 31st, 2018

The Victoria News Website published an excellent summary of Levi's journey titled "Levidrome slides into everyday lexicon" by Christine Van Reeuwyk. The article (which can be found here), starts out by stating "Victoria boy's bid to get word in the dictionary gains steam as focus shifts to the word." There are unique images of various bulletin boards from schools in the BC area with a levidrome theme (finding words, etc). They have links to their sister website (Oak Bay News) pointing to additional articles about Levi and his quest, also with unique images. The article closes off with references to some of the beers which are inspired by the word levidrome.



The Levidrome Challenge

Posted on February 19th, 2018

The Levidrome Challenge

Mr. Richey at Rogers and Strawberry Vale schools started a contest and posted a bulletin board (see full image here. For several weeks students submitted levidromes and Mr. Richey posted them on this board. After several weeks of collecting levidromes, Mr. Richey tallied up all the submissions and awarded a prize to the student in each school who came up with the most levidromes.

Mr. Richey posted a tweet of his board on February 19, 2018.

William Shatner saw the tweet, and responded with his own tweet stating that it would be a wonderful challenge to other classrooms to do the same.



Levidrome on CTV News Youtube

Posted on January 29th, 2018

Here is a Video News clip of the quest to get Levidrome recognized. (Published Jan 29, 2018). The full news article can be viewed here



Levidrome Submitted to Wiktionary

Posted on January 28th, 2018

Levidrome in Wikitionary

A really detailed submission of the word levidrome made it into the Wiktionary. The entry was submitted on January 28, 2018 by userid IQ125 with edits being performed on the same day by 3 additional contributors (Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV, Enginear and Equinox).

An additional edit appeared about one month later by userid "NadandoBot" on February 25, 2018. There is a definition, etymology, synonyms, references and an Anagram for levidrome. The definition which appears at Wiktionary states:

Levidrome (noun): A word with a new definition when the spelling is reversed; example pots - stop



Levidrome on CTV News

Posted on January 27th, 2018

Levidrome on CTV News

Here is the CTV News article which was published on the CTV News website. We have a link to the video as well.

CTV News - January 27, 2018



Levidrome Song

Posted on January 1st, 2018

A Levidrome Song, published on YouTube by Lola Parks on Jan 1, 2018. Enjoy and sing along.



The Today Website Publishes about Levidromes

Posted on November 27th, 2017

The Today Website Publishes about Levidromes

The Today website catches the story and encourages people to start using the word. The more the word is used, the more the likely the word levidrome will be accepted by the Oxford dictionary. Here is the link to Today - November 27, 2017 story, which includes an article and a video.


In the article, they mentioned schools and libraries have supported Levi's new word.




Levidrome Appears in Oxford Dictionary Blog

Posted on November 24th, 2017

Levidrome Appears in Oxford Dictionary Blog

The Oxford Dictionary posts an article on their blog titled "Weekly Word Watch: levidrome, Oumuamua, and weaselflood" published by John Kelly.

In this article, Kelly mentioned about levidrome being a blend from Levi's name and palindrome. He also mentioned the boost in popularity the word levidrome received by the petition William Shatner sent to Oxford.

You can view the entire article here



Oxford Dictionaries - Levidrome

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

Oxford responses with a quick YouTube video from Rebecca, an editor at Oxford Dictionaries, published on November, 2017



The Toronto Star Picks up the Levidrome Quest

Posted on November 21st, 2017

The Toronto Star Picks up the Levidrome Quest

The Toronto Star publishes the story of Levi and his invented word. They mention about support from William Shatner and Patricia Arquette. Here is the link to The Toronto Star - November 27, 2017 article.





Levidrome Popularity Reflected by Domains being Registered

Posted on November 17th, 2017

Levidrome Popularity Reflected by Domains being Registered

The word levidrome started to become popular at the end of 2017. When an idea or project becomes popular and the internet community becomes aware, they start to purchase domains which are related to the idea. Here is a listing of some of the domains which were snapped up for various reasons.

Levidrome Related Domain Name Purchases

  1. levidrome.com - November 17, 2017
  2. levidrome.ca - November 17, 2017
  3. levidromes.com - November 20, 2017
  4. levidromes.ca - November 21, 2017
  5. levidromes.net - November 21, 2017
  6. levidromes.org - November 21, 2017
  7. levidromelist.com - November 22, 2017
  8. levidrome.org - November 22, 2017
  9. levidrome.net - November 22, 2017

End result, the internet community saw the potential of the word levidrome and acted on it.



Olympian Simon Whitfield Tweets Levidromes

Posted on November 15th, 2017

Olympian Simon Whitfield Tweets Levidromes

Another celebrity likes levidromes. Olympic gold-medalist Simon Whitfield also recognized the word Levidrome, and tweets a couple of levidromes himself.

His Tweet goes:


@VancityReynolds #deadPOOL Loop is pool, pool is loop backwards, that's a #Levidrome - check out this video of the 6yr old trying to get his word into the dictionary. Link to Video



Levidrome Entered into the Merriam-Webster Open Dictionary

Posted on November 14th, 2017

The word levidrome is submitted into the Merriam-Webster Open Dictionary by an anonymous user on November 14, 2017 at 13:10.

The Entry goes like this:


Levidrome(noun) : a word that when spelled backwards turns into a different yet valid English word



One classmate offered up "part" and "trap" as a levidrome on Friday - Jack Knox www.timescolonist.com, October 15, 2017



You can search for the definition yourself by visiting the Merriam-Webster site and enter in levidrome and perform a search.



William Shatner Tweets To Oxford Dictionary About Levidrome

Posted on November 8th, 2017

William Shatner Tweets To Oxford Dictionary About Levidrome

Oxford dictionary was approached by high profile celebrity William Shatner. His tweet which can be seen here states:



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 youtu.be/jpZ3bh1R6Kk for more info on this new exciting word! X O ! Bill



Oxford replies:

Thank you very much for your email to Oxford Dictionaries. We are always grateful to receive contributions and feedback, but because of the quantity of correspondence we receive, we are not in general able to reply personally to specific content comments or language queries. All submissions are passed on to our editorial team, who will take your comments into consideration when updating the dictionary data. Kind regards, The Oxford Dictionaries team



Levidrome Appears in the Urban Dictionary

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

Levidrome in the Urban Dictionary

The word levidrome appears in the Urban Dictionary. The entry was submitted on November 3, 2017 by userid Hanashiate with the following definition:


levidrome

A word that when spelled backwards, turns into a different yet valid english word. They always come in pairs, for obvious reasons. Similar to a palindrome, but with different words instead of the same.


Maps <-> spaM


Desserts <-> stresseD

desserts and stressed are a pair of levidromes



The Times Colonist first Article

Posted on October 15th, 2017

The Times Colonist first Article

This appears to be the first article which appeared on the internet after Levi's video appeared on YouTube. The article titled "Jack Knox: This Budd's for you, and he loves a "levidrome" states The dictionary adds words when they come into common usage. If levidrome becomes widely used, it's in. The article also dives into many other words which came into being that were named after their founders. Feel free to read the article. at the Times Colonist website



Levidrome - Let's get this word into the dictionary

Posted on October 9th, 2017

A Levidrome: a word that spells another word when spelled backwards! Let's get this word into the dictionary by sharing this video lots. The more people know it, the dictionary will accept it as a word! Wanna help? Share this vid on your social media! https://twitter.com/lucky_budd



When was Levidrome Coined by Levi?

Posted on February 1st, 2017

If you watched the video of Levi in the back seat of the car asking about "What do we call it when STOP spells POTS backwards?", this scene was an re-enactment. The actual event occurred sometime in February, 2017.

Levidrome was coined later that day when Levi's parents determined that there was no word in any written dictionary for this linguistic phenomenon. He said, "Well then, we should name it after me! It should be a levidrome!" Levi was 5 at the time.

It was later confirmed when Levi's dad, "Lucky" Budd, contacted Webster's on Feb 19, 2017. Webster's got back to Budd to confirm that there was no word in their dictionary for this and a bit about how a word gets into the dictionary (explained in the YouTube video)

So levidrome was created and shared within the Budd family in early 2017. It wasn't until later on in the year when they released their video and unleashed Levi's word onto the internet.

Let's make this happen!