Saturday, June 30, 2012

...did you know?

There is one word in the English language that can be read the same way upside-down and backwards? Can you guess what it is?


And, since we're on the topic, swim derives from Old English swimman ("to move in or on the water") from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan, which ultimately derives from the Proto-Indo-European root *swem- ("to be in motion"). This word is mostly restricted to Germanic languages, but there are possible cognates in Welsh, Old Irish, and Lithuanian. Most other Indo-European languages use words derived from Proto-Indo-European *sna- ("to swim, to flow") related to Latin nare. We also have a rare and somewhat regional English word that is also related to nare: natatorium ("swimming pool")

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