January 15th, 2010


Feature: Palindromes: What They Are And Why They’re Cool

My college grammar teacher brought to class one day a long, thin piece of paper with a mysterious, incomprehensible phrase printed on it. He quietly tacked it up above the chalkboard, then went about the business of the class. Two days later, he brought in another slip of paper with another seemingly meaningless phrase and tacked it up. By the fourth such phrase, a few people in the class were starting to catch on. Eventually he told us what all these phrases had in common. Can you guess? Here are a few of the phrases he gave us:

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!
Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog.
No, sir, away! A papaya war is on!

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