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Hey, Pal. What’s a palindrome? (2)

I guess in Singlish, we would call a word that can be spelt forward/ backward as a ‘go-stan, balek’ (go-astern, return) word.

Responses included these palindromes from Dr David Deterding and Ms Yvonne Yin:

What the first man said to the first woman —
Madam, I’m Adam.

The fishy diet that a man told his doctor about —
Doc, note I diet on cod.

And Eliot who built the toilet —
Was It Eliot’s toilet I saw?

And the man with a plan for a canal —
A man, a plan, a canal -Panama!

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

15 September, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Posted in Year 2000

Hey, pal. What’s a palindrome?

These are words that can be spelled backwards as well as forward. Examples are: level, radar, madam. What is the longest word-palindrome you can find? I don’t know the answer to that but an old colleague, Mr. Chia Wai Hon once gave me a sentence-palindrome which still sticks in my mind. It is attributed to a remark made by Napoleon when he was defeated and exiled to the island of Elba:

“Able was I ere I saw Elba.”

On another occasion I remember telling Mr. Chia the definition of a ‘true musician’ and he laughed more loudly than Dudley de Souza. (Question: Have you heard Dudley laughing in response to a joke?)

So, what is this definition of a ‘true musician”?

Here it is: A true musician is one who, when he hears a lady singing in the bathroom, creeps quietly up to the door, feels for the keyhole and then puts his EAR to the keyhole.

I wonder, with this definition, how many of colleagues in our NIE music department can be classified as true musicians?

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat

Written by Ivan Chew

15 September, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Posted in Year 2000