On Composing Palindromic Poetry

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Word Ways, Vol: 5, Issue: 1, Page: 15

Publication Year:
1972
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https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol5/iss1/15
Author(s):
Bergerson, Howard W.
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Linguistics
article description
Many years ago, Leigh Mercer constructed several dictionaries to aid the aspiring palindromist. In these dictionaries, he listed various words which contain interior reversals; for example, PRETTIFY contains the word FITTER. The value of such dictionaries lies in the arrangements of the words for quick and easy access; one very useful method is to arrange all the words in reverse alphabetical order, sorted out by the number of hanging letters they contain. Thus, Y FITTER P, with a single hanging letter in front, appears toward the end of one dictionary. A second dictionary lists reversed words with double hanging letters, and a third, words with multiple hanging letters.