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Showing that someone (usually a child) is of limited literacy by oɔɔasional letterƨ being rɘversed in their writing.
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When the only reversed letter is R or N, this can make text look pseudo-Russian.

The Trope Namer is an entry in Roger Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary, submitted by Andy Ihnatko, about the "Grafik Artz" techniques used to fake amateur drawing in movies.

Truth in Television, in Real Life children do often get letters such as b, d, or p mixed up because they are very similar.

A subtrope of Stylistic Suck. May be combined with Xtreme Kool Letterz. See also The Backwards Я and The Illegible‎.


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     AᗡvertiƧing  

  • Toys "Я" Usnote  used this in the logo for the store chain. Whenever they printed their name in normal writing in a catalogue, on their website or otherwise, they just used a normal R. Didn't stop some people versed in the Cyrillic alphabet from calling them "Toys Ya Us", though.

     AnimƎ and Manga  
  • In the ending of Gunbuster, when Noriko and Kazumi return to Earth after over 12,000 years, and the Earth lights up into a giant "Welcome Home" sign, one of the katakana is reversed.

     Ɔomic Books  
  • In Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland (a B.P.R.D. spinoff), all the residents of Hallam write their lowercase "a"s backwards. It is perhaps the first clue that the people of Hallam aren't entirely human.
  • The Transformers issue 23 features the backwards S twice in the phrase "HUMANS ARE WIMPS" scrawled across the Statue of Liberty on the cover. In the story, the Decepticon Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck witness an angry human kid vandalizing a wall, and are inspired to spray-paint graffiti on various landmarks, calling out Optimus Prime and the Autobots in Cybertronian (thus rendering it undecipherable to humans). When they get to Liberty Island, they decide to demonstrate their new-found ability to write in English, leading to the defacement shown on the cover.
    • The backwards S is infamously used again on the cover of issue 70, which gives us this lovely image of a TeleFragged Megatron and Ratchet.
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     ᖷilm  
  • In The Shining, Danny, who's channeling the hotel's evil, writes his Madness Mantra, "REDRUM" ("MURDER" in reverse) in crayon on the bathroom door with the middle two letters backwards.
  • The ridiculously obscure movie The Misadventures Of Amy Everhart takes this to an extreme: Amy's sister Hannah can only write backwards (but her writing is otherwise coherent).

     LiteЯaturƎ  
  • In Animal Farm, the Seven Commandments of Animalism, as originally written on the wall by Snowball, have only two errors of penmanship, one of them being the reversal of one of the S's. In the edition with full-color illustrations by Ralph Steadman, the reversed S is the one in the Fifth Commandment, "No animal shall drink alcohol."
  • In Hogfather, it's mentioned that Twyla reverses some of the letters in her messages to the Hogfather (a fantasy counterpart to Santa Claus) in an effort to seem cute.
  • Encyclopedia Brown sets up his detective agency in his father's garage, with a hand-lettered sign. Since he's a child genius, the sign presumably looks perfect. However, on some editions of the book, the publishers apparently took the "child" part of "child genius" and ran with it, reproducing his sign on the back cover of the books with random letters reversed.

     Live AƆtioИ TV  
  • Parodied in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "Tactical Village", where Gina claims that the addictive computer game "Kwazy Kupcakes" has a reversed w.

     MuƧic  
  • Korn's logo spells their name with a backwards R.
  • Nine Inch Nails spells their initials with the second N being backwards.
  • Eminem frequently spells his name as EMINƎM.

     Web AnimatioИ  

     WestƎЯn AnimatioИ  
  • In the Futurama episode "Bender Gets Made", the sign on Tinny Tim's oil-ade stand has a backwards L and E. This gets lampshaded by Tim himself:
    Tinny Tim: But I'm only programmed to sell oil-ade and write in cute backwards letters like on the sign here.
  • A classic Family Guy episode referenced this when Lois mentions that Stewie signed a get-well card for Peter:
    "Hold on, give me that! ...Did you forge my signature? I see, and is this backwards 'S' supposed to be cute?! Oh, I'm going to crap double for you tonight!"
  • The page image, from The Little Rascals episode "Beauty Queen for a Day", is a "No Girls Allowed" sign, with a reversed S, in the treehouse window. The same reversed S appears on the boys' He-Man Woman Haters' Club banner.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Bart sets up a lemonade stand but doesn't get any customers. Lisa suggests he play to their sympathy, flips the "N" and one of the "E"s around, then turns his baseball cap backwards so he looks "pathetic". All this manages to do is get a passing Nelson to "Haw-HAW!" at him.

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