It swims.
Does a backflip.
Still swims.

What is it?


3 Answers 3


It is



SWIMS is an Ambigram, when you rotate the capitalized word SWIMS around, you still get SWIMS.

Another word with this property is


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    $\begingroup$ Since there are a lot of letter combinations that can be used like this, my colleague and I implemented this exact transformation as a silly cipher for testing a password safe application's cipher plug-in functionality. I'm still kicking myself for not being the one of us that had the idea to name the cipher "up/dn". $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ A backflip that only goes 180 degrees is a pretty poor backflip. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 3:14
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    $\begingroup$ @user2357112supportsMonica it's either a handstand or a broken neck. $\endgroup$
    – Celos
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ @user2357112supportsMonica Maybe a blackflop? $\endgroup$
    – TCooper
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 16:21

It might be just

The word SWIMS


If you turned the word SWIMS through 180 degrees (do a backflip) it remains the same.


The word swims, since it has 180 degree rotational symmetry!

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, we got 3 answers all within one minute! $\endgroup$
    – Goose
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ Ha yes, so weird! $\endgroup$
    – MrSethward
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 17:48

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