Upside Down Downside Up

An ambigram of 'ambigram'.
An ambigram of 'ambigram'. | Source
According to Wikipedia, this ambigram by Mitchell T. Lavin was published  in The Strand Magazine, June 1908.
According to Wikipedia, this ambigram by Mitchell T. Lavin was published in The Strand Magazine, June 1908.

What is an ambigram?

An ambigram is a word that can be viewed the same or different if viewed from another angle, but still register a word in the mind. For instance, some words can be read the same upside down as right side up. Others are the same both forward and backwards in a mirror image. Some artful designs appear to be two words at once, depending on how the viewer looks at it. There is actually a rather wide variety of ambigram styles and now that you are aware of them, you will probably see them everywhere.

Famous ABBA logo as an ambigram.
Famous ABBA logo as an ambigram.

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whonunuwho 2 months ago from United States

Refreshingly new my friend. A nice break from too much dark matter we see lately. Thanks for sharing. whonu


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manatita44 2 months ago from london

The Ambigram of life. It is that way too; can be viewed in many directions and take on lots of meanings. Again, the time comes when they are all seen for what they are.

Noble effort and quite clever, but yes, reminds me of life itself. Much Love, shanmarie.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, whonu. I hadn't intended to write anything like that today. I was actually working on the formatting of my first ever CreateSpace project. My son decided he wanted to write poetry and said he was going to write about being upside down. Then he said something about downside up and I told him I had to borrow a few of his words. LOL. I went from there. So you can thank an 11-year-old for the inspiration behind this one.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, manatita. Yes, I suppose it can represent life as well. It's definitely true that this journey of life can be viewed from many different angles. I think I like the fun view best. I love a good laugh with family and friends, sometimes strangers. I do believe it is the best medicine of all because it heals the soul. ;)


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manatita44 2 months ago from london

Spot on! Keeps you being the child as well ...the tree that bows down to offer its fruits when laden; the mountain which worships, yet hold its head high; the mother which always remains awake!

"Humour, my only Saviour ... humour, my only Saviour." _ Sri Chinmoy.

Have a great weekend!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

Very cool! I loved your wittiness!


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marcoujor 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

I'm feeling a Volume 2 coming on ... love this creative smile maker!


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Kristen Howe 2 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Well done. Very creative. I've learned something new about ambigrams too.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This one is like singing......and a lot of fun! Very creative!


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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful example of talent taking off when inspired even by the mundane. I have never, in all my years, heard of an ambigram. How strange! Well thank you for the colorful definition.


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Sunshine625 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

WOW is the first word that came to mind! :)


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MartieCoetser 2 months ago from South Africa

I remember writing poems with ambigrams when I was in high school. Great fun!


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Manatita, sometimes I feel very young at heart. Other times, I wish I could be more like a child. I'll take every chance to enjoy it when it happens that way!


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Flourish! This was one of those poems showcasing some of my own weird humor. Sometimes I only amuse myself. Hahaha. Good to know someone else had fun with it, too.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

H, Maria. Glad you like it The beauty of having a work in progress is that I don't need a volume 2 yet because I can add it to volume 1. Hahahaha. Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and help, by the way - just in case I ever forget to say it. Hugs.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Kristen. I learned some new things, too, actually. However, it seems my link is not linked anymore.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Paula. . .It does have a sing-song kind of rhythm to it, doesn't it? LOL


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Believe it or not, Bill, neither had I. This poem was my first ever encounter with ambigrams, at least using that word. That what happens when I Google things with only a vague idea of what it is I'm actually looking for when starting with "upside down" and "downside up" as inspiration. LOL

I don't know why the link isn't showing here. It was there in the previews before I published. Maybe HP doesn't think my link is good enough. But it had information about the different kinds of ambigrams. I thought it was interesting, at least.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hey, look at you, Linda! You're using ambigrams to respond. Way to go solo. Hehehe ;)


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

How fun, Martie. Then you must've been way ahead of Bill and me since we apparently never used them in high school or anywhere else in life. LOL. I mean, I've seen them around and know of things like palindromes. But mostly, I just thought many of the ambigrams I'd seen were just cool optical illusions and art. I didn't know there were people who actually specialized in ambigram art. But I now know that and I also know that not every ambigram is a palindrome. Hahaha


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MsDora 2 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the lesson in ambigrams. You did an excellent job. Now you have given me a new thought to process.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

You're welcome, MsDora. It was new to me too!


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Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting concept.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Larry. I'm kind of surprised anyone else commented on this one. A nameless HP moderator decided it doesn't meet HP standards so it's not featured. My guess is that it is because the majority of this hub are photo caplsules. They don't offer enough tools for creative presentation, though, so I did the poem elsewhere and then took a screenshot of it.


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Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

I used to wonder at some of them often. Shan, Now I see that yourself and many more others must also be experiencing the same amazement and fun at all these ambigrams. I don't even know that there is such a word called ambigram to refer to these words or figures and there is so much talk about this on the internet also.

Thanks for sharing this.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, Venkatachari. It is fun to look at the world differently sometimes. Reminds me of childlike wonder. I guess we all still have a little kid in us somewhere, huh? LOL.

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