Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why?
Steve Cavanagh: Pop. Because it is simple, and perfect in every conceivable way. It’s also a palindrome (a word which is exactly the same if the letters are reversed). I also recently discovered the word semordnilap, which is the opposite of a palindrome in that it is a name for a word which will spell out a different word if read or spelled backwards. So, for example, live and evil. Or straw and warts. In case you haven’t spotted it already, semordnilap is palindromes backwards. How cool is that?