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    Backward reading?

    Could anybody tell me please?
    When you read your name from the end, for example, if your name is Paul Wilson, it is read ‘nosliw luap’.
    Q1: Is there a specific name for this way of reading, like ‘backward reading’ or something?
    Also, I guess most of Japanese people know and can answer quickly what their name becomes when it is read backward, because many people have tried to know it for fun when they were children.
    Q2: How about English-speaking countries? Do you do that, too? If your name is Paul Wilson, do you recognize easily it is your name when you see something which reads ‘nosliwluap’…for example, in an e-mail address or a website name?

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    Re: Backward reading?

    [1] "reverse" comes to mind.
    [2] Japanese is a syllabic language. Reverse the syllables and each syllable- initial sound remains initial;e.g., Mi-yu-ki => ki-yu-Mi, which makes it easier to parse the original word.

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    Re: Backward reading?

    I've heard 'mirror writing' used for Leonardo da Vinci's diaries:
    http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/Leon...ghttoLeft.html

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    Re: Backward reading?

    Thank you Casiopea, thank you tdol!

    About Q2…I understand the difference in our languages. So, you don’t do that in English-speaking countries, do you? Even if a person named Paul Wilson sees somebody is using ‘nosliwluap’, it is likely that he doesn’t recognize it is his name, right?

    Sorry to be persistent. The reason why I want to make sure this is…
    My favorite singer surprisingly accepted me as a ‘friend’ on his MySpace, and I was wondering whether he did so because he didn’t notice I’m his fan. (People say he doesn’t accept his fans as ‘friends’ on his MySpace. The MySpace name of myself includes his ‘reverse’ name).
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    Re: Backward reading?

    I would think it unlikely that many would think about reversing- it's not that common, as far as I know. It is done in some dialects- for example, in Cockney, some numbers are reversed (rouf), but I don't think it's very widespread.

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    Re: Backward reading?

    I see, thank you!

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