dear logomaniacs, we explore palindromes. As you know, a palindrome is a
word or line which reads the same backwards and forwards. Simple
examples include words like “Anna”, “Glenelg”, “radar” and “wow”.
you, most people over the age of ten are interested in examples that are
longer than one word, the most famous two being:
was I ere I saw Elba.
you are familiar with more palindromes than the above pair, you’ll agree
that far too many are unnatural and meaningless, like:
An acetate can, Ahab!
new-age moderate? Bah! Plan on alphabet. A red Omega went 'Oh!'.
we get on to some of the more ingenious long palindromes, here are a few
in other languages (French, German and Spanish):
reste ici et se repose
Aesop is resting here and relaxing)
Neger mit Gazelle zagt im Regen nie
negro with a gazelle is never faint-hearted in the rain)
lava la tina
Anita washes the bathtub)
English favourites? Try these for starters — though even here the
concept of meaningfulness sometimes gets stretched a bit.
man, a plan, a canal – Panama!
not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
is sure to vote Russian aid
evade gas, damask laws, sorceries, Eire crosswalks, a mad sage, Dave? I
can I revolt a bat-lover in a cave?
Max, Enid, in example "H"
Bonet ate no basil
let's use Jesus' telegram
fast, safe car!
oh smug gumshoe, sir!
oscillate my metallic sonatas!
a potato pan Otis!
comedy by Democrats
are not set as a test on Erasmus
put up a tin, Dora put up a rod, Nita put up a rat
animals I slam in a net
must save vast summit
more palindromes in a later issue, perhaps.