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Palindomes are a particular interest of Emily Bronto

Let Bikwil introduce you to Palindromes


As you know, a palindrome is a word or line which reads the same backwards and forwards.  Harlish Goop here discusses a few examples, some poor, some very clever.

Sit on a potato pan, Otis!

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A Word in Your Pink Shell-like — Harlish Goop


Today, 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”.

Mind you, most people over the age of ten are interested in examples that are longer than one word, the most famous two being:

Madam, I’m Adam
Able was I ere I saw Elba.

If you are familiar with more palindromes than the above pair, you’ll agree that far too many are unnatural and meaningless, like:

Bah! An acetate can, Ahab!
Hot new-age moderate? Bah! Plan on alphabet. A red Omega went 'Oh!'.

Before we get on to some of the more ingenious long palindromes, here are a few in other languages (French, German and Spanish):

Ésope reste ici et se repose
(= Aesop is resting here and relaxing)
Ein Neger mit Gazelle zagt im Regen nie
(= A negro with a gazelle is never faint-hearted in the rain)

Anita lava la tina
(= Anita washes the bathtub)

So, my English favourites? Try these for starters — though even here the concept of meaningfulness sometimes gets stretched a bit.

A man, a plan, a canal – Panama!
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Diana is sure to vote Russian aid
Did I evade gas, damask laws, sorceries, Eire crosswalks, a mad sage, Dave? I did
Eva, can I revolt a bat-lover in a cave?
Help Max, Enid, in example "H"
Lisa Bonet ate no basil

Marge, let's use Jesus' telegram
Race fast, safe car!
Rise, oh smug gumshoe, sir!
Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!
Sit on a potato pan Otis!
So many dynamos
Star comedy by Democrats
Step on no pets
Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
Tara put up a tin, Dora put up a rod, Nita put up a rat
Ten animals I slam in a net
Tim must save vast summit
We dye no honeydew.

Some more palindromes in a later issue, perhaps.

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