Posted by: episystechpubs | April 24, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Take That Semordnilap!

It’s Friday fun-day at the Editor’s Corner. And I have a new word (at least it’s new to me) to introduce to you. The word is semordnilap.

As you already know, when a word is spelled the same way forward and backward, it is called a palindrome (for example, mom, rotator, and racecar). However, when a word that is spelled backward reveals another word (for example, maps spelled backward becomes spam), that word is called a semordnilap (which is palindromes spelled backward).

For your Friday viewing pleasure, here is a partial list of semordnilaps:

Bonk Knob
Brag Garb
Buns Snub
Decal Laced
Deliver Reviled
Denim Mined
Desserts Stressed
Devil Lived
Diaper Repaid
Doom Mood
Drawer Reward
Edit Tide
Evil Live
Gulp Plug
Nuts Stun
Pacer Recap
Parts Strap
Peels Sleep
Rebut Tuber
Reknit Tinker
Snips Spins
Snoops Spoons
Snot Tons
Straw Warts

Information about semordnilaps and the list above come from Rod L. Evans’ book Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay.

Enjoy the rest of your day and the upcoming weekend, my friends!

Donna Bradley Burcher | Technical Editor, Adv. | Symitar®

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