So, the daughter asked, ‘Do you know what ‘palindrome’ means?’
‘It’s a word or a sentence which is the same when you read it forwards or backwards.’ I replied. ‘Like ‘noon’ or ‘eye’ or ‘Never odd or even’ or ‘A nut for a jar of tuna.’
‘Yes, I know,’ she said, smiling like someone who’s successfully lured their unsuspecting mother into a fiendish trap. ‘But do you know what ‘emordnilap’ means?’
‘There’s no such word as . . . as. . . that,’ I cried, giving up even trying to pronounce it.
She begged to differ. ‘An emordnilap (which is ‘palindrome’ backwards) is when you reverse a word and it makes another word. Like ‘stressed’ and ‘desserts’’’ she announced, smugly.
‘Seriously?’ I said, googling furiously.
It seems she’s right. (Go ahead, google it!)
But – interestingly – one of the web entries said it wasn’t an ‘official’ word.
Which got me wondering. New words are being invented all the time – so when does a word become an ‘official’ word in the English language?
Apparently it’s when it gets included in a dictionary – either a printed or an online dictionary.
So I googled new words in dictionaries. (Btw, the word ‘google’ was added to dictionaries in 2006.)
Here’s some new words recently added to the Oxford Dictionary:
Well, I thought, awesomesauce! Nuff said?