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Vivacious visual wordplay

I wonder what yet-to-be released neglected gems we each have in our drafts folders? A quick look through my altogether too many drafts revealed this one I’d scanned in but left in limbo at the time, a funny and creative self-descriptive wordplay compilation I’d clean forgotten about. Thanks very much to Peter K. for forwarding.

The full-size image follows the thumbnail after the fold:



10 comments on “Vivacious visual wordplay

  1. 99
    24 June, 2007


  2. peoplesgeography
    25 June, 2007

    Not as striking as your emblem, though, 99! ;)

  3. michaelgreenwell
    25 June, 2007

    i dunno. i like what you have done above but sometimes you can find a gem and other times the ‘unused/unpublished/drafts/ideas’ (whatever you call it) folder is best left shut.

  4. peoplesgeography
    25 June, 2007

    (Laugh) too true, Michael.

  5. Bluebear2
    26 June, 2007

    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
    it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,
    the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at
    the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll
    raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos
    not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe

  6. peoplesgeography
    26 June, 2007

    :) Tnhaks vrey mcuh my etseemde freidn!

  7. Roy
    6 October, 2008

    does anybody know where to find more of those wordplays? I’m seaching since 2 years and all I found was a book called “MAD Book of Word Power, 1972” when I went to USA this year.
    Where can I find those amzaing wordplays in internet?


  8. peoplesgeography
    6 October, 2008

    Hi Roy,

    You’re right, most wordplays seem to be a play on words and not of the visual variety. Sometimes sites on optical illusions feature words, and the Ambigram is one style of visual wordplay.

    Perhaps you might consider collecting them and starting up a site online. Best wishes with your search.

  9. Roy
    7 October, 2008

    Thank you! I started to translate them into german and I also created some on my own.
    Someone told me there is an book “Playboy plays with words”. Who knows it and who knows if its somewhere in the internet?

  10. peoplesgeography
    11 October, 2008

    Perhaps someone will know of it and reply.

    Meanwhile, design sites often feature wordplays see for example

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This entry was posted on 23 June, 2007 by in Humor, Humour, Images, Language, Word Play.

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