Reverse graffito/graffiti

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Mar 25 15:08:45 UTC 2013

Years ago, I published a note tltled "Folk Epigraphy by Subtraction" in _Midwestern Journal of Language and Folklore_ 7 (1981): 49-50.  It's about the creation of "graffiti" messages by scraping away letters or words from the instructions on electric hand-dryers in public restrooms.

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Benjamin Barrett [gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM]
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 11:56 PM
Subject: Reverse graffito/graffiti

Reverse graffiti ( is the =
result of cleaning the dirt off a wall to create art.

In addition to the Italian Wikipedia =
(, I see "reverse =
graffito" at =
der-strasse/ and it's also used in numismatics (along with "obverse =

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA=

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