Ogre Diva + Other Semordnilaps
What is a Semordnilap? And what are some examples?
A Semordnilap is a two for one word: that’s one word when you read it forwards, and an altogether different word when you read it backwards. Any idea how they got this odd name? Answer at the bottom.
Most trace the first mention of semordnilaps to CC Bombaugh’s 1961 ‘Oddities & Curiosities of Words and Literature’. Some sample semordnilaps? See below …
Header Photo: Kelvin Han
Photo 2: Joakim Honkasalo
Semordnilap is ‘palindromes’ backwards. A palindrome is a word that reads the same forwards and backwards: like noon, radar, or level.