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    Re: palindrome vs. ambigram

    A sort of ambigram -- not an ambigram in the true sense, but very similar -- can sometimes be formed when you write the word with the letters in a column, like this:

    T
    A
    X
    I

    That looks the same in a mirror -- or, more usefully, if you make the letters out of big neon lights and mount them on the side of a building, you can read the word from either end of the street. That doesn't work with HOTEL, because the E and the L look different from behind.

    So in the days when this kind of neon display was fashionable, some small businesses tried to think of a word or a name containing only the letters A, H, I, M, O, T, U, V, W, X or Y -- and it's quite hard when you've only got those letters to play around with.

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    Re: palindrome vs. ambigram

    Is there a special term for it?

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    Re: palindrome vs. ambigram

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    So in the days when this kind of neon display was fashionable, some small businesses tried to think of a word or a name containing only the letters A, H, I, M, O, T, U, V, W, X or Y -- and it's quite hard when you've only got those letters to play around with.
    ...But with a bit of creativity, it wouldn't be too hard to make B, D, K, and R reversible. So the sign-writers had more than half an alphabet to play with.

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    Ambigrams by me, Truston. New kid in town.
    DO visit my blog here:
    http://truston.blog.163.com/

    I'm working very hard. How's that anyway? Any ideas or comments? DO tell me here or there~~!
    if you like them, tell your friends. i'm a chinese in nationality and living in china, so it's quite difficult for me to learn ambigram. hope i didn't do bad.

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