Let's play with kangaroo words

Kangaroo words are words that contain other smaller words within them that have the same meaning, just like a kangaroo carrying its baby in its pouch.

An example is chicken. If you write it as cHickEN, and put together the words in caps you get HEN which means chicken. Get the drift?

Here is an article that has more details:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Kangaroo-Words

So are you ready? Here we go. Spot the joey in these marsupials:

1. Recline

2. Rotund

3. Indolent

4. Precipitation

5. Observe

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Hey, were none of you able to break these kangaroo words?

Well, don't worry, here are the answers:

1. Lie

2. Round

3. Idle

4. Rain

5. See

Do you know that kangaroo words could be in any language?

Here is one from Hindi:

सरोवर (सर)

Look for kangaroo words in your own language and post them here.

These kangaroo words have two joeys within them. Can you spot them?

1. Container

2. Alone

3. Deteriorate

4. Chariot

5. Feasted

Hi Shweta, good work.

Here are the answers to the 2 and 4.

2. Lone, One

4. Car, Cart

Do you know that you have actually spotted a third joey in 5?

Here is the third one: Fed.

This is really amazing! 3 joeys in a single kangaroo word!

Here are some more to help you while away the weekend:

1. Destruction

2. Salvage

3. Market

4. Encourage

5. Revolution

6. Stockings

7. Blossom

8. Deceased

9. Petrochemical

10. Arena

There should be at least one joey in each of these, but you never know, with people like Shweta around!

Good work.

 

Here is the answer to 4.

- Urge.

Here are some more that you can attempt:

1. Exhilaration

2. Catacomb

3. Appropriate

Jimmy Pudussery
from Navi Mumbai
13 years ago

1) Elation

2) Tomb

3) Proper

Jimmy Pudussery
from Navi Mumbai
13 years ago

3) Apt as well.....

Jimmy, proper is not correct. The reason is, the letters of the shorter word must appear in the same sequence in the parent word. This condition is not fulfilled by proper, the r comes out of sequence in appropriate. The correct answer is apt.

I believed you are from Kerala. Can you think up a couple of kangaroo words in Malayalam and post them here? It will be very interesting.

Jimmy Pudussery
Jimmy Pudussery
from Navi Mumbai
13 years ago

Mr. Balasubramaniam, now I get it. The rearrangement is not permitted.

I will have to try really hard to rake something up in Malayalam.Smile

That is correct, the sequence should be the same. There is one more small rule that must be followed. The letters of the smaller word should not all come in one bunch, they should be separated by at least one letter of the parent word.

Here are some more for you to try:-

1. Exists

2. Illuminate

3. Nestles

4. Pantaloons

5. Deliberate

6. Supervisor

7. Satisfied

8. Loneliness

9. Joined

10. Masculine

Jimmy Pudussery
Jimmy Pudussery
from Navi Mumbai
13 years ago

1) Is

2) Illumine

3) Nests

4) Pants

5) Debate

6) Superior

7) ....

8) ....

9) One

10) Male

Here are the answers:-

2. lit

7. sated

8. oneness

Here are some more, but let me warn you, I don't know the answers of some of these:-

1. Umpteenth

2. Salvage

3. Amicable

4. Instructor

5. Transgression

6. Stealthy

7. Exhausted

8. Fulminate

9. Inheritor

10. Disappointed

Jimmy Pudussery
Jimmy Pudussery
from Navi Mumbai
13 years ago

1) Is

2) Illumine

3) Nests

4) Pants

5) Debate

6) Superior

7) Sated

8) ....

9) Oned

10) Male

Jimmy Pudussery
from Navi Mumbai
13 years ago

Oops.. posted before hand. Cheers !!...


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