Do you know what a palindrome is?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backwards as forwards.

Here are a few examples to explain, which range from the simple to the more complex.

The first words ever spoken were ‘Madam, I’m Adam’.

There is the geographical: ‘Niagara, O roar again’ and what Napoleon is reputed to have said after his defeat at Waterloo (strangely in English): ‘Able was I ere I saw Elba’.

Others of you may appreciate the historical reference of ‘Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus’. Then there is the classic palindrome explaining the construction of the famous transcontinental canal in Central America: ‘A man, a plan, a canal, Panama’.

Finally, a sentence to give us all hope for the future: ‘Are we not drawn onward to a new era?’ Unfortunately, this doesn’t strictly work. Can you spot the error?!

 8th November 2017 /    Alice /   

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