# Vole Wizard Hovels

The following nine ten words (thank you Bass) are the only words in the entire English language* that have a certain extraordinary property:

• bevy
• by
• girt
• grit
• hovels
• lo
• vole
• wizard
• wold
• trig

What is that property?

* that I was able to find, based on a search of a 100,000-word English dictionary. (excluding names and abbreviations)

• Great question! – Rand al'Thor Jan 18 '19 at 22:53
• By symmetry, shouldn't this count too? – Bass Jan 19 '19 at 0:09
• Did you search the dictionary by hand??!!?? – Brandon_J Jan 19 '19 at 0:16
• @Brandon_J - I used my hands to type in the code of the Perl script that did the searching. Does that count as searching by hand? :) – plasticinsect Jan 19 '19 at 1:01
• @Bass - That showed up in my list, but I originally discarded it as an abbreviation, and therefore not a proper word. But now that you point it out, I think I was wrong to leave it out. It's not really an abbreviation, it's just informal shorthand. – plasticinsect Jan 19 '19 at 1:10

that applying the Atbash cipher (replacing each letter with its alphabetic inverse - $$A \leftrightarrow Z, B \leftrightarrow Y$$, etc.) yields the same result as reversing the word.
• The words wood, birthday, and goat satisfy the rule you have specified, but are not on plasticinsect's list. – Hugh Jan 18 '19 at 23:21