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Same Forward, Backward and Upside Down

What word is the same written forward, backward and upside down?

NOON. The word needs to be a palindrome and made up of only these letters that look the same upside down:


For instance, SOON doesn’t work, because even though each letter looks the same upside down, it reads NOOS.

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27 Comments on "Same Forward, Backward and Upside Down"

natasha says
July 30, 2015 @ 16:12


Shreya Malepaty says
February 22, 2016 @ 11:11

“SOS”….Same when read upside down and its a palindrome as well

Dan says
February 23, 2016 @ 08:04

@Shreya SOS works too.

Kendall says
May 3, 2016 @ 19:04

Sun upside down i think im not sure but try it

Hi says
June 14, 2016 @ 04:45


ImaNarwhal says
July 28, 2016 @ 20:09

a i SOS soso noon exedra exedra there is tons soooo

Dan says
July 28, 2016 @ 20:33

A – Not the same upside down
I – This works
SOS – This works, but it isn’t a word, it’s an acronym.

I wouldn’t call that tons…

GYM B0Y says
September 17, 2016 @ 10:36

(SWIMS) it will look same if you read it up side down…

Dan says
September 18, 2016 @ 13:19

SWIMS backwards is SMIWS. That’s not the same.

blessing nwankwo says
October 17, 2016 @ 17:30

noon is d anxa

Saarthak says
October 18, 2016 @ 23:03

NOON is the answer. But blessing nwankwo it is NOON not noon

Ravi Prasad says
October 19, 2016 @ 10:07

I want yo answer of this question

Akadir says
January 31, 2017 @ 15:28


Dan says
January 31, 2017 @ 19:29

That works as long as the l is lowercase :)

derick myler says
April 17, 2017 @ 17:41

NOON only works with capital. If you use lower case – It does not work either. “uoou”

Andy says
June 20, 2017 @ 17:49

SWIMS does work

Dan says
June 23, 2017 @ 16:55

SWIMS does not work. It has to be the same backwards and SWIMS spelled backwards is SMIWS.

Smart says
June 26, 2017 @ 20:55


Dan says
June 27, 2017 @ 10:08

B is not the same letter when it’s upside down.

bob says
July 25, 2017 @ 08:30

The answer is NOON. (read the same backwards, as well as upside down)

SOS would work, its not offically an acronym, misconception (save our ship… ) it is the letters morse code (long short long) so it is a word as such.

SWIMS is the same if you flip it upside down as it is up the right way..
HANNAH is a palindrome (same backwards as forwards)
NOON forwards and backwards and (if capitals) upside down as well)
Havivah (read backwards)
minim (read backwards
SOS (upside down and backwards)

A prime example of a front to back Palindrome sentence is

“A man, a plan, a canal: Panama”

“Are we not drawn onward to new era?” another..

but it is very rare to find the upside down palindromes (unless they are designed like the ambigrams) but yes SWIMS and NOON is an upside down palindrome (recalling the word comes from the Greek palin (“again”) and dromos (“way, direction”) so upside down is included.

Birigels says
August 4, 2017 @ 16:49

Words Are Amazing #banange!

Chan bee says
August 21, 2017 @ 07:41

11, 96, 88 does work

Aidan says
November 3, 2017 @ 14:25

Do “Tacocat!” LOL! #BackwardsIsHalarious

9.9 66 says
March 10, 2018 @ 13:12

My date of birth is 9.9.66

Dan says
March 10, 2018 @ 19:23

That’s cool, but it’s not the same backwards. 9.9.66 vs 66.9.9.

[YT]Nuclear Blitz says
May 15, 2018 @ 09:34

How about SWIMS?

Dan says
May 15, 2018 @ 09:35

SWIMS backwards is SMIWS, which is not the same.

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