Palindromes & Semordnilaps
What's are palindromes? What's a semordnilap?
Palindromes are words or even sentences that are the same backward as forward. Palindromes can even be numbers: 54345 is a palindromic number -- see, here it is backward: 54345. An example of a palindromic word is eye. Or how about pop, peep or pup.
Below is the definition of palindromes, and we'll get to semordnilaps a little later in this lens -- perhaps you might see some clues on the way and figure it out!
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From Merriam-Webster , the definition of palindrome
Definition of PALINDROME
: a word, verse, or sentence (as "Able was I ere I saw Elba") or a number (as 1881) that reads the same backward or forward
- palÂ·inÂ·dromÂ·ic adjective
- palÂ·inÂ·dromÂ·ist noun
Study & write palindromes for fun and to increase mental agility
Find and study some palindromes to get an understanding of how they work. Read a number of palindromes of different types and you may find a new interest. Finding them is fun, but if you are a true palindome lover, you'll be hooked and you'll have to write some of your own. Here is another well-known palindrome: A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!
Even more palindromes!
How about word order palindromes? When the words of a sentence as used as complete units, with the same meaning forward and backward: Run Spot, run! Remember "Fun With Dick and Jane" (and Spot)? Word order palindromes are another easy way to start making up palindromes.
Even very complex palindromes have been around for centuries. Look at the Latin Sator Square, which dates to about 79 A.D. and contains the Latin words, SATOR, AREPO, TENET, OPERA, ROTAS. It reads the same top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, and right-to-left..
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There are also palindromic numbers: 46464, 565 or 4224.The date February 20, 2002 is a palindrome when written in this format: 20/02/2002, but not in this format: 02/20/2002. Some people find it easier to start out by writing numeric palindromes and work their way up to simple words, then phrases.
Don't forget musical palindromes
Yep, there are even musical palindromes that sound the same played backward as they sound played forward. Some very famous classical composers dabbled in musical palindromes:
*BÃ©la BartÃ³k *Joseph Haydn
*Alban Berg *Anton Webern
And even some modern musicians, like They Might Be Giants. Their EP, "I Palindrome I," "itself contains visual, musical, word letter and conceptual (such as an ouroboros) palindromes in its lyrics." (From reference.com: http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/I_Palindrome_...
They Might Be Giants "I Palindrome I" on YouTube - and a palindromic video! WOW
Check out the video of the song, then listen to Micheal McKean's reading of the lyrics. See the explanation by a commenter on YouTube below. And finally, check out the cute palindromic video, which is exactly the same forward and backward.
Here is an explanation by a commenter on YouTube:
this entire song is actually sort of representing a palindrome. for the most part, its pretty obvious the singer is singing about killing his mom for inheritance. but then when it says "see the spring of the grandfather clock unwinding. see the arms of my offspring making windmills. dad palindrome dad i palindrome i." it means time passed since he killed his mom and now his kids kill him for inheritance, saying what goes around comes around, which is what a palindrome does ;)
penguinlord333 1 year ago 26
And semordnilaps are...
Although the word semordnilap is not in the dictionary, answers.com explains, "Semordnilap is a name coined for a word or phrase that spells a different word or phrase backwards. "Semordnilap" is itself "palindromes" spelled backwards."
"The longest single-word English examples contain eight letters:
* stressed / desserts
* samaroid (resembling a samara) / dioramas
* rewarder / redrawer"
Since a pair of semordnilaps makes a palindrome, it's easy to write palindromes using or starting with semordnilaps.
To palindrome or not...that is the question! - Do you like palindromes or do you consider them a waste of time?
In finding links and all things palindromic, I ran across a number of comments on different sites that surprised me. Some people not only didn't enjoy palindromes -- they vehemently felt they were a huge waste of valuable time, since they are nonsensical. Wow. See how fast I slipped that palindrome in? Watch again: WOW. It's easy.
OK, since I, a certified word nerd, didn't realize that there might be people out there who consider this a fluffy and useless waste, I thought we should take a vote and see just how common (take any meaning you like) that sentiment is.
Please chime in with YOUR OPINION.
Do you like palindromes or do you consider them a waste of time?