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The Kangaroo does not want to catch ‘rheumatism’. Spot this word in stanza 3 and say why it is spelt differently. Why is it in two parts? Why does the second part begin with a capital letter?

Answer

The word is 'roo-Matiz'. It is spelt differently to keep the rhyme of the poem. It is in two parts because this shows that the Kangaroo was a bit hesitant in telling his problem to the Duck and secondly, he also wanted to emphasise his problem.

The word rhoo means cold and Matiz ( matism) means pains in the joints. If the two words are joined together they give the name of one disease, i.e., pains in the joints but if separate, have names of two diseases. Thus, the second word is written in capital to denote two different diseases, one caused by cold and other by getting wet.