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Detartrated. Edit: surprise, surprise, Wikipedia has more: The longest palindromic word in the Oxford English Dictionary is the onomatopoeic tattarrattat, coined by James Joyce in Ulysses (1922) for a knock on the door. The Guinness Book of Records gives the title to detartrated, the preterit and past participle of detartrate, a chemical term meaning to ...


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There is no upper limit to how long a palindrome can be. Poems have been written that are palindromes.


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Wikipedia: In English, two palindromic novels have been published: Dr Awkward & Olson in Oslo by Lawrence Levine (1986, 31954 words), and Satire: Veritas by David Stephens (1980, 58795 words). In French, Oulipo writer George Perec's "Grand Palindrome" (1969) is 5,556 letters in length. In Hebrew, Ghil'ad Zuckermann wrote a 153-word palindromic story ...


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There's a term for words written in such a form that they can be read from another viewpoint, direction or orientation. They are called ambigrams. See the relevant Wikipedia article.


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Peter Norvig discusses this here, suggests his own, and links to another possibility.


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The longest coherent palindromic statement sentence I've ever heard of was reported by Brendan Gill of The New Yorker, which I encountered in a book of his some years ago. T. Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating, is sad; I'd assign it a name: gnat dirt upset on drab pot toilet.


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Not that long, but indisputable: racecar (Though my browser does not care for the spelling. Did my 6th grade English teacher mislead me?)


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Watch this watch Unless I've misunderstood the question, of course. EDIT: And in case using the same first and last word is cheating, how about Path a route (eg. through a maze) The reverse form still makes sense, just about, I think. Essentially for an A-B-C structure you'd need pairs of words that are both nouns and verbs, and have the same ...


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"reverse poem" is what I found when I did a research, though it does not seem like an official term. It is mentioned as a type of palindrome in some of the sources and there are different kinds of reverse poems as well. Sources: http://www.ehow.com/how_8556361_write-reverse-poem.html Reverse poems make sense when read frontwards and backwards. There ...


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You might consider the term crab canon. From Wikipedia: A crab canon — also known by the Latin form of the name, canon cancrizans — is an arrangement of two musical lines that are complementary and backward, similar to a palindrome. Yes, that's more of a musical term than a literary term, but the Wikipedia article goes on to say: The use of the ...


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I think the word you may want is dihedral. The only numbers that can appear in such a construction are 0, 1, 2, 5, and 8, and the property primarily applies to numbers displayed on a calculator or using LED's. There are also dihedral letters, namely the capitals H, I, O, and X.


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This is a longer palindromic phrase (though not necessarily the longest possible): Doc, note I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.


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The word you want is antigram. Edited to add source.


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Apparently, this type of prose is indeed called a palindrome poem, or otherwise known as mirrored poetry. A palindrome, by definition, is a word, phrase, verse, sentence, or even poem that reads the same forward or backward. It stems from the Greek word palindromos: palin, meaning again, and dromos, meaning a running. The rules for writing a similar poem ...


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I believe the term you are looking for is: mirror-image ambigram More on Wikipedia...



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