March 22, 2017
The letter is K for KANGAROO
The unofficial symbol of Australia
A marsupial animal
whose numbers reach over
in the harvest areas of Australia.
There are little kangaroos
who are called 'wallabies'
and even smaller kangaroos
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)
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.