Playing with Palindromes
As a wordsmith, it's perhaps no surprise that I love words - and one of my favourite books on the subject is Mark Forsyth's The Etymologicon.
This is a book all about language, where it comes from and how it has developed and it's a real joy to read as it's written in such a witty and engaging way.
Today I want to share with you the wonderful world of palindromes. Mark Forsyth says "the neatest palindrome in English is undoubtedly:
"A man, a plan, a canal: Panama"
It is indeed, for a palindrome is word phrase or number that can be read the same way in either direction (punctuation, capitals and spaces are usually ignored)
In the above phrase you have a sentence that can be read backwards as well as forwards - take a look at it again to see what I mean.
Apparently palindromes have been in evidence from as long ago as 79 AD, so we've had plenty of time to hone them! Please enjoy the following examples:
Madam I'm Adam
Never odd or even
Rise to vote sir
Was it a rat I saw
Step on no pets
Drab as a fool, aloof as a bard
Too hot to hoot
So many dynamos!
Norma is as selfless as I am, Ron
Some men interpret nine memos
Have you seen any palindromes that you'd like to share - indeed I challenge you to make one up. By the way if you find day-to-day copywriting as tricky as making up a palindrome check out how I can help