Poor Dan is in a droop. No lemons, no melon. Won’t lovers revolt now?
Is this some weird experimental novel? No, every one of those sentences is palindromic — they read the same forward and backward. Palindromes aren’t just fun; they have some surprising historical significance.
Linguist Daniel Midgley is too hot to hoot on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Kylie Sturgess
Gender-neutral communication: how to do it
Faceoff: ‘he’, ‘he or she’, ‘he/she’, ‘s/he’ versus ‘they’
How to use singular they
David Crystal: “The best texters are always the best spellers”
Palindromic song title from band with palindromic name? ABBA: SOS
Some palindromic sentences collected by Ralph Griswold.
Jim Kalb’s Palindrome Collection
Jim Kalb’s Palindrome Connection
A really big palindrome list
List of 886 Palindromes
Ancient Amulet Discovered with Palindrome Inscription
The SATOR square
Required reading: The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers
Professor Peter Hilton: Bletchley Park code-breaker who became one of the most influential mathematicians of his generation
BLETCHLEY PARK: Could you do better than the 51-character palindrome which Peter Hilton came up with during the Second World War?
AIM A TOYOTA TATAMI MAT AT A TOYOTA, MIA.
Peter Norvig’s 17,826 word palindrome
Dammit I’m Mad – a poem by Demetri Martin
‘Ride-share’ and ‘unboxing’ added to Oxford dictionary
500 Australian English words added to Oxford Dictionaries
Ernie, doing some vishing: “Heeeere fishy fishy FISHY FISHY FISHY!”
Palindromes aren’t that hard.
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