Spelling Words Backwards – Job Pottas

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 After 18 years of applying and reapplying,  Job Pottas has finally entered the Guinness Book of World Records for spelling words backwards in record time.

Job, a native of Muvattupuzha, had entered the Limca Book of World Records in 1992 for the same feat. However, he was denied entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as there was no existing category for it.

Finally, Job received the Guinness Record on August 6 at a ceremony held in London, after he reverse-spelled 50 words chosen at random in one minute and 40.14 seconds, breaking the existing record by Deborah Prebble, UK (two minutes and 20 seconds). The words had been chosen from diverse fields like medicine, law, engineering and biology by G Rangarajan, head of the Research and Post-graduate Department of English, Maharaja’s College and Thomas Mathew, a freelance journalist.

 The 49-year-old Job, a businessman, runs Pottas Gas Agency, a cooking gas agency of Indian Oil Corporation, at Muvattupuzha. He says he has no idea how he acquired such a talent, except that he is a voracious reader.

 Job has given an interesting name to the concept of reverse spelling-’gnilleps’ which is the spelling of ‘spelling’ reversed. This kind of reversal is possible only in English language, says he.

Job’s son Geordy, an MBA student, has now entered the India Book of Records by counting the number of letters in words in record time.

Now, Job is planning to create new records in reverse pronunciation, reverse singing and reverse typing.


Job Pottas – Reverse spelled Reading Guinness World Records 2010 Video

Paavan S.

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