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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 ...
There is no upper limit to how long a palindrome can be. Poems have been written that are palindromes.
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 ...
Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?
Am I as bored as you are? Are you as bored as I am? The words, intact, are maintained in both directions. The meaning is the same but the words are different:
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.
Peter Norvig discusses this here, suggests his own, and links to another possibility.
My first thought was "Listen, you!" It works both ways. It's short and simple (like me.)
One of the sentences I, an eleven year old, found that stays the same backwards is: mr owl ate my metal worm ... and backwards it is still: mr owl ate my metal worm.
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.
Not that long, but indisputable: racecar (Though my browser does not care for the spelling. Did my 6th grade English teacher mislead me?)
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
I believe the term you are looking for is: mirror-image ambigram More on Wikipedia...
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 ...
The word you want is antigram. Edited to add source.
I Go A is A. Wasted days are days wasted.
Perhaps "palindromic rotational ambigram"? I just stuck "palindromic" on the front of "rotational ambigram". I don't think there's a term with fewer than three words to describe what you want. (I'm not sure the distinction from "rotational ambigram" is necessary, as most rotational ambigrams seem to be palindromic--I'm guessing designing those is just ...
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