Grammar for Grownups: Kangaroo and Joey Words (yes, really)

Allow me to blow your 🤯 mind! I recently saw this image on a friend’s post on Facebook. I guess that makes Facebook an educational tool, right (LOL)?

To understand this, just look at the white letters above. The word “masculine” contains within its letters the word “male” which is another word for masculine. So, the word “masculine” is a kangaroo word, and the synonym contained within it is the joey word. You know, like the baby joey is carried inside the mother kangaroo’s pouch.

Since this was brand new to me (an English teacher of fourteen years, avid reader, and freelance writer), I turned to Google to get more info. If you are interested in learning more about kangaroo and joey words, please read this short piece and the list of sources that follow it!

Nordquist, Richard. “Kangaroo Word Definition and Examples in English.” ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020,

2 responses to “Grammar for Grownups: Kangaroo and Joey Words (yes, really)”

  1. Sounds like a category on Jeopardy. By the time I figure out what they are talking about, they’ve answered.

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    1. I’ve had the same experience watching Jeopardy! Maybe around the third clue I figure out the category!!!


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