Reader Friday: Describe Your Writing with Kangaroos

Describe your writing and/or your reading life using a Kangaroo word.

Technically, a kangaroo word carries its own synonym within it (called a joey word), but I don’t know how else to describe this game. Bonus points if you do!



Fill in the blanks:

My writing puts the ____ in _______. My reading life puts the _____ in ___________.

To get the ball rolling, I’ll start.

My writing puts the sass in assassin, the laughter in slaughter. My reading life puts the fun in funeral.

Your turn!

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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and named her Murder Blog as β€œBest 100 Crime Blogs on the Net.” She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers") and Writers Helping Writers. Sue lives with her husband in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series, Mayhem Series and Grafton County Series (Tirgearr Publishing) and is the true crime/narrative nonfiction author of PRETTY EVIL NEW ENGLAND: True Stories of Violent Vixens and Murderous Matriarchs (Rowman & Littlefield Group). Currently on submission, her latest true crime project revolves around a grisly local homicide. For the spring 2022 semester, Sue will be teaching a virtual course about serial killers at EdAdvance in CT and a condensed version for the Central Virginia Chapter and National Sisters In Crime. Equally fun was when she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series, Storm of Suspicion. Learn more about Sue and her books at

31 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Describe Your Writing with Kangaroos

  1. This is a hard challenge! I’ll give it a go:
    My canine horror story puts the arf in fearful.
    My love of reading zombie stories puts the ate in fascinate.

  2. I wrote in a crossfire hurricane
    And I wrote at the mornin’ drivin’ rain
    But I’m alright now, in fact I’m the gas
    But I’m alright now, I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash I’m the cat’s ass gas

  3. I feel like mine is a cheat because it’s too easy….

    I put the “story” in history. 😎

  4. My writing puts the tune in fortune. My reading life puts the intel in my intelligence.

  5. This is fascinating, Sue! I’d never heard of it. Now, I just gotta play the game…I’ll have to do some thinking. πŸ™‚

    Found this on Wikipedia for all of us word-freaks.

    “A kangaroo word is a word that contains all the letters of one of its synonyms, called a joey word, arranged so that these letters appear in the same order in both words. For example, the word action is a kangaroo word containing the joey word act; the words in[flammable] and [malign]ant also each include their own synonyms. In the kangaroo word, the letters of the joey word may also be separated, as in [ma]scu[l]in[e], which contains the letters of male scattered throughout. Some compilers in fact require that the letters of the joey word not be consecutive within the kangaroo word,[1] or may stipulate that the kangaroo and joey words be etymologically unrelated, so that in both cases words such as action (act), inflammable (flammable) and malignant (malign) would not qualify.[1]

    Kangaroo words were originally popularized as a word game by Ben O’Dell in an article for The American Magazine, volume 151, during the 1950s, later reprinted in Reader’s Digest.[2][3]

    The phrase kangaroo word is derived from the fact that kangaroos carry their young, known as joeys, in a body pouch. Likewise, kangaroo words carry their joey words within themselves. A twin kangaroo is a kangaroo word that contains two joey words (for example: container features both tin and can). In contrast, an anti-kangaroo word is a word that contains its antonym (for example: covert carries overt, animosity carries amity).[4] A grand kangaroo is a kangaroo word which has two joeys, one of which is in the pouch of the other. For instance, alone is a grand kangaroo since it contains lone, which carries its own synonym one.”

  6. My writing combines the vamp in vampire with the hot in shotgun to deliver the cry in crypt.

    My reading life (or perhaps this line) is the ax of climax.

  7. My writing puts the fill in fulfillment.

    My reading puts the plea in pleasure.

  8. Such a fun game for a Friday, Sue!
    My writing puts the ding in ending and my reading the fan in fantastic.

    Thanks for putting fun into Friday (not a Kangaroo, but I couldn’t resist πŸ™‚

  9. I guess you could say my writing allows my contrarian nature to put the pen in pencil…

    And my analog mind puts the age in page… ?

  10. My Moon writings put the numb in peNUMBra

    and reading techno-thrillers puts the gab in giGAByte

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