Word play: symmetrical words

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I want to find words that are can be flipped horizontally (like in a mirror) and still make other words.

They do NOT have to be the same words backward and forward. In Wiki, under vertically symmetical words they have ma'am and toot, but thewse words are the same words when reversed. Thids is not necessary.

eg. boob flipped horizontally is dood (not really a word but wut ev...).

What's the biggest word or words you can find?

They could be caps, or they could be lower case.
 

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Cool game. My Mom used to sign off her letters with "remember..MOM is just WOW upside down".
 
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CHOICE in the mirror is CHOICE. (turn it upside down first)
 
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OAT <--> TAO (for a non-palindromic attempt, and playing by the rules)

I SIN; WOT AM I? <--> I'M A TOWN, IS I? (begging some poetic freedom with the N, the spacing and the punc's)

PS: First time I've intentionally used an apostrophe in a plural noun not indicating a possessive.
 
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A h i m o t u v w x
 
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A ToYoTA

I tried to make it all caps but kept coming back as "A toyota".
 
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CHOICE in the mirror is CHOICE. (turn it upside down first)
Letters have to be symmetrical about the vertical axis (I see now there was some ambiguity in what I meant.).


Why am I doing this?

We have glass walls in our new office meeting room. They do double duty as whiteboards that you can write on with special markers. This results in writing that can be read from both inside AND outside the meeting room.

I want to write some message on the wall that can be read from both sides. It doesn't have to make sense, and certainly doesn't have to be the same from both sides. In fact, the more different it is, the more obvious to the reader that I'm deliberately playing with the space.

And now you can see why I can't use dood...
 
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A h i m o t u v w x
Presumably, you meant those to be uppercase, (otherwise a and h don't qualify)

If so, you forgot Y. And S=Z can qualify (since it's hand-written).


Alternately, and I like this better:

i l m n o t u v w x y
b/d p/q s/z

Since there seems to be a paucity of good words coming from either l/c or u/c, I may have to allow mixed case in order to give us enough room to maneuver.

Thus our full alphabet becomes:

A H Y
i l m n o t u v w x
b/d p/q s/z

Anyone see any more two-letter transpositions?
 
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Since it's handwritten, E / 3 could be added to the list.
 
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mood and YAW are two obvious ones.
 
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Presumably, you meant those to be uppercase, (otherwise a and h don't qualify)

If so, you forgot Y. And S=Z can qualify (since it's hand-written).


Alternately, and I like this better:

i l m n o t u v w x y
b/d p/q s/z

Since there seems to be a paucity of good words coming from either l/c or u/c, I may have to allow mixed case in order to give us enough room to maneuver.

Thus our full alphabet becomes:

A H Y
i l m n o t u v w x
b/d p/q s/z

Anyone see any more two-letter transpositions?
All caps automatically does that. And I don't consider Y, because I don't write it like that, and the S/Z thing is silly. >_> You're cheating. :)
 
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pA i mUll A miAmi -> i mAim All UmiAq

TUnA nUT
TOO HOT TO HOOT

Same spacing both ways:
MAY A MUd MOM bUM A YAM
 
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All caps automatically does that. And I don't consider Y, because I don't write it like that,
Capital Y is, when correctly written, vertically symmetrical.

and the S/Z thing is silly. >_> You're cheating. :)
Silly? Cheating?? That's the most clever part! At least, p/q and b/d are. I suppose the s/z thing could be considered a bit of a reach.
 
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pA i mUll A miAmi -> i mAim All UmiAq

TUnA nUT
TOO HOT TO HOOT

Same spacing both ways:
MAY A MUd MOM bUM A YAM
Just so we're clear: there is absolutely no requirement - or even desire - for palindromity.
 
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Just so we're clear: there is absolutely no requirement - or even desire - for palindromity.
The first one wasn't meant to be a palindrome. Just showing what it reads in both directions.
 
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I just noticed there's not too many anti symmetric letters in our alphabet. N is anti symmetrc in one dimension, Z in the other, along with S. Tha seems to be about it.
 
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I just noticed there's not too many anti symmetric letters in our alphabet. N is anti symmetrc in one dimension, Z in the other, along with S. Tha seems to be about it.
I expected a Nazi joke after you said N and Z were anti-symmetric. It would've been sweet if you could have pulled that off.
 
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I expected a Nazi joke after you said N and Z were anti-symmetric. It would've been sweet if you could have pulled that off.
:frown:
 
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I expected a Nazi joke after you said N and Z were anti-symmetric. It would've been sweet if you could have pulled that off.
:rofl: Good one, leroy. Nazis are the pinnacle of anti-symmetric commentary. :biggrin:
 

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