Posted by: Jack Henry | June 22, 2012

Editor’s Corner: I palindrome I

Today’s topic is the palindrome. A palindrome is a word, phrase, sentence, or number that reads the same backwards and forwards (with some allowance for punctuation and spacing).

According to Wikipedia (, the first palindrome is dated back to 79 AD:

This palindrome, called the Sator Square, consists of an entire sentence written in Latin: "Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas" ("The sower Arepo holds works wheels"). It is remarkable for the fact that the first letters of each word form the first word, the second letters form the second word, and so forth. Hence, it can be arranged into a word square that reads in four different ways: horizontally or vertically from either top left to bottom right or bottom right to top left.

Sator Square

And now, from Fun with Words ( I have some more recent palindromes (in English):

· Murder for a jar of red rum

· Never odd or even

· Too bad – I hid a boot

· No trace; not one carton

· Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog!

· Doc Note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.

· Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna.

· Campus Motto: Bottoms up, Mac

· Go deliver a dare, vile dog!

· Madam, in Eden I’m Adam.

· Dennis sinned.

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