One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
What is the term for a word which is another word spelled backwards?
There's no generally accepted term. The simplest way of referring to such words (e.g. lap/pal, dog/god) is probably semi-palindrome or half-palindrome. Some other suggestions have been made, including heteropalindrome, reversgram (or reversible anagram), and semordnilap (i.e. palindromes written backwards).
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