Will Smith went to the License Bureau in Detroit to apply for a driver’s license. The Bureau was crowded.
An officer hastily thrust a paper across the desk and said, “Write your last name first and your first name last.” Confused, Smith asked, “How’s that, again, sir?” The officer disgustedly said, “Like I said, backwards.”
Even more confused, Smith decided to give up and follow what the officer said. He wrote, “lliW htimS.”
Smith had always thought that the people working for the government and public offices were using a little different language from ordinary people like him. But society keeps going, as they say. Though it was totally inconceivable to him, the officer must know what he said, he concluded. So, he wrote his name backwards just as he was instructed.