Posted by: Jack Henry | February 9, 2021

Editor’s Corner: Kangaroo Words

Today my dear coworker, Jane, sent me a graphic from Facebook®, and asked me if this were true:

I hadn’t heard this term before, but I think it’s great. A kangaroo word hides a smaller baby word (a joey) in her pouch! To verify that this wasn’t just a cool poster, I found a website called Hit Bullseye, which published a huge list of kangaroo words. If you just want a selection of kangaroo words, that list is below. For many more, click here. (Note: The webpage comes with a couple of pop-ups, but the list of kangaroo words is good.)

Kangaroo word Joey word
alone one
appropriate apt
astound stun
blossom bloom
community county, city
container can, tin
contaminate taint
deceased dead
deception con
deliberate debate
encourage urge
exists is
falsities lies
history story
isolated sole
indolent idle
joviality joy
myself me
nourished nursed
observe see
ornamented ornate
plagiarist liar
precipitation rain
quiescent quiet
rapscallion rascal
separate part
substandard bad
supremacist racist

Like the kangaroo word container, this ‘roo has two joeys! How can she walk, let alone hop?

Kara Church

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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