Forward & backward words

Look at the list of words below. Notice anything? That’s right, when you spell the word backwards a new word is formed. If you come up with any, send them in to be displayed. Don’t forget to tell me your first name or screen name and age. I provide only a few basic definitions so be sure to consult your dictionary for further meanings. Remember to scroll down to view all the material given.   


Room --> Moor

Room (space to be occupied by something as in, We need to rearrange the living room furniture to make room for the sofa; part of a structure enclosed by walls as in, This house has a total of seven rooms) --> Moor (to secure or anchor as in, If you do not moor the boat to the dock, then it will float away).  


Flow --> Wolf

Flow (liquid or gas that glides or moves along freely as in, After the car’s gas tank ruptured, gas began to flow onto the highway; or It is pleasant to watch water flow gently down a stream; to move at a steady pace as in, On long trips, I usually drive with the flow of traffic) --> Wolf (an animal of the dog family that has a distinctive cry and that often travels in packs, as in The silence of night was broken as the wolf began to howl; or From afar, I observed a pack of wolves hunting for food).  


Star --> Rats

Star (a celestial body that illuminates in night sky as in, On a clear summer night, we saw many magnificent stars, among which was the constellation Orion) --> Rats (rodents similar to a mouse only bigger as in, We saw rats rummaging through our neighbor’s garbage).  


Mad --> Dam

Mad (not sane as in, The mad scientist concocted a potion of garlic and white vinegar and claimed that it tasted like water; an angry or ill-tempered mood, period or spell as in, The last time he had a mad on, it lasted for a week) --> Dam (a barrier built to hold back water and control its flow as in, The Hoover Dam was built to tame the Colorado River. The Hoover Dam was constructed during the Depression and has become a National Historic Landmark).   

Did you know that the mother of a four-legged animal is also referred to as a dam?  


Big --> Gib

Big (large in size as in, The bruise was so big it practically covered his whole arm; elder as in, Ken is Chris’s big brother) --> Gib (a piece of metal or wood designed to hold parts of a machine or structure intact; a gibbed lathe is an engine lathe in which the tool carriage is held into position by a gib instead of by a weight).  


Bard --> Drab

Bard (a poet as in, Shakespeare was known as the Bard of Avon) --> Drab (dull as in, The King disguised himself as a pauper, wearing drab and tattered clothes).   


Sleep --> Peels

Sleep (the natural recurring condition of rest in animals where the muscles relax as in, The puppy looks at peace as it sleeps on my lap) --> Peels (the skin of various vegetables and fruits as in, After the chef cut dozens of potatoes to make homemade French fries, he used the leftover potato peels to make his special soup).  


Leer --> Reel

Leer (to look at something or someone with sly or malicious intent as in, It's impolite to leer at someone) --> Reel (a device used to pull things in as in, Trying to reel in the marlin was a formidable task. The waters were choppy and the tireless marlin was threshing about).        


Gnat --> Tang

Gnat (a small biting fly as in, These annoying gnats are ruining our picnic) --> Tang (a strong taste, smell, or flavor as in, This barbeque sauce is tangy; a type of seaweed).

Gnat is pronounced nat—the ‘G’ is silent.  


Eel --> Lee

Eel (a snakelike fish as in, Both the American eel and European eel spawn during the winter in the Sargasso Sea) --> Lee (shelter; the area opposite the wind as in, As the bitter cold winds howled, Brenda sought shelter under the lee of a large rock).  


Nip --> Pin

Nip (to pinch or squeeze, to bite quickly with the front teeth as in, The kitten nipped my finger) --> Pin (a piece of metal with a sharp point used especially for fastening things together as in, Be careful not to prick yourself with the pin).

Here’s an interesting expression, “nip and tuck,” which means neck and neck as in, It was nip and tuck for a while, but in the end Big Belly, the favored horse, won the race by a full length.  


Not --> Ton

Not (expressing a negative as in, You will not be allowed to watch TV until you have finished your homework) --> Ton (the equivalent to 2,240 pounds as in, The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1 / IPM1) weighs 60 tons (134,400 lbs.)).

Let’s have fun with ton. The word ton can be used figuratively as in, This chair weighs a ton; or this TV weighs a ton. The chair and the TV don’t really weigh a ton. You are merely expressing the fact that each item is extremely heavy or heavier than anticipated.  


Doc --> Cod

Doc (informal abbreviation for the word Doctor as in, What’s up Doc! However, doc., with the period after the ‘c’, is an accepted abbreviation for document) --> Cod (a large sea fish as in, While scuba diving, I witnessed a school of cod feeding on capelin).

Did you know that cod-liver oil is rich in vitamins A and D?  


War --> Raw

War (combat usually between countries as in, Unless you have experienced it yourself, the brutality of war is inconceivable. I say ‘usually between countries’ because a civil war is a war that occurs among citizens of the same country as in, The United States Civil War (1861-1864) was fought between the North and South) --> Raw (not cooked as in, Steak tartar is served raw, meaning that the meat has not been cooked; in its natural state as in, He exhibited raw courage in the face of danger).  


Den --> Ned

Den (a designated workplace in the home as in, I do all my computer work in the den; a place where animals sleep as in, Beware of the lion’s den) --> Ned (a person’s name).  


Keep --> Peek

Keep (to remain in a specified state or condition as in, I will keep the room's temperature at 70 degrees; to detain as in, Please do not keep me here any longer; to hold or retain in one's possession as in, If you like the book, keep it. If not, give it back to me) --> Peek (to glance at as in, It’s not nice to peek through someone else’s window; or He peeked through the keyhole).

Do not confuse Peek with Peak, which means the highest point, as in, Mountain peak; peak can also refer to the mountain itself. Also do not confuse Peek with Pique, which means to stimulate as in, Seeing the wrapped box in the closet piqued the child’s curiosity.  


Reed --> Deer

Reed (a marsh plant with hollow stems as in, If you look over there, you will see some reeds growing near the swamp; the part of a wind instrument that vibrates, producing sound) --> Deer (a ruminant swift footed animal as in, I had to slam my brakes to avoid hitting the deer as it bolted across the road).

Do not confuse Deer with Dear, which means a polite greeting as in, Dear Jane: I am writing to you on behalf of the Honor’s Society. Dear also means expensive as in, He bought her a very dear bracelet for her birthday.

Did you know that an adult male deer is called a hart?  


Tip --> Pit

Tip (the very end of something as in, Handle a needle with care, for its tip is very sharp; to topple as in, He tipped over the vase, but luckily it didn’t break; to touch lightly as in, With only one second left in the game, the basketball player tipped the ball into the hoop and the team won the championship by a score of 100-99; to provide special information in hopes of making a profit as in, The stockbroker gave us a great stock tip. The stock's price per share has increased by 50% in only six months) --> Pit (a deeply dug area; an area used for cooking as in, At the graduation party, the caterers roasted a pig in a huge pit; a place where racecars refuel and receive maintenance as in, The racecar driver made a pit stop because he could sense that his tires needed replacing).

Did you know that ‘tip’ as in, To tip a waiter is derived from the phrase “To insure promptness”?  


Mood --> Doom

Mood (a temporary state of mind as in, I haven’t been in the mood for pizza in a long time; or Something must be troubling him. I rarely see him in a bad mood) --> Doom (a grim fate as in, When the storm hit, the crew of the frail craft was aware of the approaching doom but sadly could do nothing about it).  


Nap --> Pan

Nap (a short sleep as in, To feel rested, I took a nap before embarking on my long journey) --> Pan (a utensil used for cooking as in, One usually cooks bacon in a pan; to turn a camera horizontally as in, To achieve the special effects, the director placed the camera in a panned position; to criticize harshly as in, He had anticipated rave reviews, but instead the critics panned his performance).  


Lap --> Pal

Lap (the flat area produced by the thighs of a seated person as in, Sit on my lap and tell Santa what you want for Christmas; to make a gentle, splashing sound as in, The ocean waves lapped against the shore; to take up liquid with the tongue as in, The thirsty dog lapped the water) --> Pal (used informally to mean friend as in, No one is more loyal than my pal Sara).  


Tool --> Loot

Tool (something usually held in the hand made for working on things as in, Janis used several types of tools to repair the carburetor; anything used to assist as in, The computer programmer created a tool that would allow me to modify my Web site; or I hope that you find Let Kids Lead to be an informative learning tool) --> Loot (to plunder; stolen goods as in, The burglar escaped with the loot).  


Nod --> Don

 Nod (to move one’s head up and down as if in agreement as in, You need not say a word. A simple nod will suffice; to become drowsy as in, The tired driver began to nod off at the wheel, but, thankfully, the passenger realized this and awakened him before disaster struck) --> Don (to put on as in, John was the first in his family to attend college, and was very proud to don his cap and gown for graduation).   


Par --> Rap

Par (an average, usual, or normal amount as in, His reading comprehension is on par with the rest of the class; in golf, the standard number of strokes for a given hole or course as in, This is a par 3 course, meaning that you should be able to complete each hole in three strokes or less; or More times than not, a professional golfer needs to score below par to win a golf tournament) --> Rap (to strike with a quick blow as in, If you continue to misbehave, I’m going to rap your knuckles; a knock as in, He heard a rap at the door; the least bit as in, I don't care a rap if you come with me or not).  


Lever --> Revel

Lever (a device pivoted on a fixed point to help lift something or force something open; a projecting handle used to adjust or operate a mechanism; a means of accomplishing as in, He used flattery as a lever to obtain advancement within the company) --> Revel (to find delightful as in, Some people revel in good humor).

Did you know that the point on which a lever pivots is called a fulcrum?  


Here are more examples of forward and backward words. Be sure to look up any unfamiliar words and to construct sentences with them!  


Desserts --> Stressed ~ Sent by Shany


May --> Yam


Nor --> Ron 


Are --> Era


Gas --> Sag


Pay --> Yap


Straw --> Warts


Golf  --> Flog


Gulp --> Plug


New --> Wen


Snap --> Pans


Naps --> Spans


Rail --> Liar


Gut --> Tug


Top --> Pot


Now --> Won


No --> On


Ten --> Net


Stops --> Spots


Part --> Trap


Parts --> Straps


Was --> Saw


Step --> Pets


Pals --> Slap


Bud --> Dub


Tar --> Rat


Pat --> Tap


Pool --> Loop


Tub --> But


Teem --> Meet


Dew --> Wed


Mart --> Tram


Gum --> Mug


Sleep --> Peels


Stun --> Nuts


Bus --> Sub


Pam --> Map


Tag --> Gat


And --> DNA


Mar --> Ram


Dot --> Tod


Tab --> Bat


Bats --> Stab


Tons --> Snot


Lived --> Devil


Trams --> Smart


Draw --> Ward


Bun --> Nub


Cram --> Marc 


Lair --> Rial


Snub --> Buns


Mot (pronounced moh) --> Tom


Mid --> Dim


Live --> Evil


Gab --> Bag


Noel --> Leon


Rag --> Gar


Yak --> Kay


Mail --> Liam (person's name) 


Maps --> Spam


Tide --> Edit


Snip --> Pins


Stob --> Bots


Hoop --> Pooh


Taps --> Spat


Ho --> Oh


Dial --> Laid


Span --> Naps