Monday, March 20, 2017

K is for a Kangaroo

ABC Wednesday
March 22, 2017

The letter is K for KANGAROO

The unofficial symbol of Australia

A marsupial animal
whose numbers reach over 
thirty-four million
in the harvest areas of Australia.

There are little kangaroos
who are called 'wallabies'

and even smaller kangaroos
who are called 'wallaroos'

but the regular kangaroo has large powerful hind legs, 
large feet adapted for leaping (tall buildings?)
a long, muscular tail for balancing
and a small head.

Also a pouch
in which the female carries her 'joey'.(baby)

Do you know the definition of a "Kangaroo word"?

It is a playful term for a word that carries within it a synonym of itself
such as regulate (rule) or indolent (idle) or encourage (urge)

it is also known as a marsupial or swallow word, but the term
kangaroo word was popularized by author Ben O'Dell.

here are some other examples
destruction - (ruin)
devilish (evil)
observe (see)
Masculine (male)
plagiarist (liar)

some kangaroo words have multiple "joeys"

perambulate, ramble and amble
container, can and tin
deteriorate, rot and die
routine, rote and rut
chariot, car and cart

can you think of any others....???
a good word game

and here is a nice little poem by Edward Lear
about The Duck and the Kangaroo
to amuse your tired brain.

for more ks visit here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks to those who maintain 
this entertaining meme.


photowannabe said...

Fascinating...all the different meanings.
Hildred, If I knew how to download my CD onto my computer I would. My laptop has no place to insert the CD.

Powell River Books said...

That's interesting about the kangaroo words. - Margy

Roger Owen Green said...

Yes, I'll ponder the kangaroo words

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loved every bit of this Hildred! The Edward Lear (read beautifully, but not quite in my Dad's voice, so.... just a little disappointing ;>) ... but fun memories)..... and it was wonderful to learn about Kangaroo words. I've never heard of those before, but feel I should have -- how perfectly logical. What a wonderful thing to learn just before I pop into bed... I expect I'll put myself to sleep thinking of Kangaroo words. Thank you.

Melody Steenkamp said...

That is a lovely choice for K... beautiful creatures as wel.

Have a nice ABC-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Oh so wonderful ~ lovely post and adorable kangaroo photos for K ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Joy said...

The duck is well dressed duck for a hopping adventure. Such a happy poem.

Leslie: said...

They used to have some kangaroos (or were they wallabies?) at the Stanley Park Zoo in Vancouver.

abcw team