Anything Obscure & Eclectic



n. — any readable sequence of letters that reads the same, letter for letter, backwards and forwards
adj. — having the traits of a palindrome

fm. Greek, palin- (back or repeat; a palinody is a repeated melody) + -drome (run or running; often used in reference to a racecourse, as in velodrome, hippodrome)

first published. 1637

inspiration: oh, y’know…

  • Racecar
  • Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam
  • A man, a plan, a canal: Panama
  • Rise to vote, sir

…that last made famous by The Simpsons, episode 10.22, They Saved Lisa’s Brain.

Also there’s the inspiration for this entry’s featured image: the symmetrically pleasing palindrome, Napoleon’s Lament.

Able was I ere I saw Elba


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