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Friday, June 07, 2013

June 7: Palindrome Day

On this date in 1914, the first ship passed through the Panama Canal.  The massive construction project, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, covered 51 miles (1).

On this date it's hard not to think of one of the more famous and memorable palindromes of all time:

A man, a plan, a canal:  Panama!

Just in case you have forgotten, palindromes are words, phrases, or sentences that read the same, either forwards or backwards.

Michael Donner has compiled an incomparable collection of palindromes in his book I Love Me, Vol. I:  S. Wordrow's Palindrome Encyclopedia.  His book includes the following spin offs of the original classic:

A dog, a pant, a panic in a Patna pagoda.

A man, a plan, a cat, a canal:  Panama!

A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal: Panama! (2)


Today's Challenge:  Dictionary of Palindromes.
Grab a dictionary and see if you can create a list of word palindromes from A to Z.  You might begin with a word like anana:  a pineapple.

Today's Quote:  I have a fear of palindromes. Maybe because the only person to ever beat the hell out of me was a man named Bob.   --Jarod Kintz
 

1 - Marsh, W. B. and Bruce Carrick.  365 Your Date with History.  Cambridge:  Totem Books, 2004:  272.

2 - Donner, Michael.  I Love Me, Vol. I.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina:  Algonquin Books, 1996:  34-5.

3 comments:

Ed @ Lexicolatry said...

That's quite a challenge! Umm ... I have one for B: BOOB! So now we have A & B sorted - only 24 letters to go : o /

(great blog by the way)

Ed @ Lexicolatry said...

I would like to follow your blog, but I can't find any follow button on your page ... ?

Brian Backman said...

Thanks for you input. I've added a follow button.