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what is the word that is used to describe another word that remains the same when you spell it backward or forward, as in the name "Otto" or "Asa"?
Submitted by sandy rabb (boston - U.S.A.)
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No, a palindrome, from Greek 'palindromos', running backwards.
Signature: Jonathon Green
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