July Words of the Month

June 29th, 2020


I am so sorry about forgetting to post the request for word suggestions this month. Annie forgot to post, and I forgot to remind her! So I am pinch-hitting for Annie D. @annied and making July a fun month. I hope no one minds!!

July is all about Palindromes. I have unabashedly Googled into this topic to let you know all about it. "Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?"

The following article is from Dictionary.com:
https://www.dictionary.com/e/palindromic-word/

Poor Dan is in a droop. Sit on a potato pan, Otis. What do these—admittedly very unusual—sentences have in common?
They’re palindromes. Palin-what-in-the-what-now?

What is a palindrome, and where does the word come from?

A palindrome is a word, sentence, verse, or even number that reads the same backward or forward. It derives from Greek roots that literally mean “running back” (palin is “again, back,” and dromos, “running.”) The word appears to have been created in English based on these roots in the early 1600s.
Words like hippodrome or velodrome also feature the Greek dromos.

So, a palindrome is like a word, phrase, or number that “runs back” on itself. This bit of wordplay is not the same thing as when you rearrange the letters of a word or phrase to spell another one. That’s called an anagram.
In palindromes, spacing, punctuation, and capitalization are usually ignored.

What are some examples of palindromes?

We use palindromes every day without thinking about it. Common palindromic—that’s the adjective for palindrome—words include: noon, civic, racecar, level, and mom.
The Finnish word for “soapstone vendor” is supposedly the longest palindrome in everyday use: saippuakivikauppias. (What do you mean you don’t have a trusted soapstone vendor?)
The palindrome Malayalam is also of significant length. Malayalam is a language spoken in South India.
The longest palindrome in English is often considered tattarrattat, coined by James Joyce in his 1922 Ulysses to imitate the sound of a knock on the door.
That’s 12 letters. As for the longest palindrome phrase? In 2002 (a palindromic year, we should note), computer scientist Peter Norvig created a program that generated a palindrome consisting of 74,633 letters. Talk about a man (with a) a plan …
Palindromes can be given names. Consider the familiar likes of Bob, Anna, Hannah, Eve, and Elle. Place names can be palindromes too, such as Semmes (in Alabama) and Ward Draw (South Dakota).

Variations on palindromes

Palindrome also has a specific application in biochemistry. Here, it is a region of DNA in which the sequence of nucleotides is identical with an inverted sequence in the complementary strand. GAATTC is a palindrome of CTTAAG.
I have also included some Semordnilap. (Palindromes spelled backwards) The fanciful word semordnilap refers to a word or phases that spell a different word or phrase backwards, such as stressed and desserts.

Some of our favorite palindromic phrases

• Never odd or even.
• We panic in a pew.
• Won’t lovers revolt now?
• Don’t nod.
• Sir, I demand, I am a maid named Iris.

So, without further ado, here is the list of Palindromes, Semordnillops, and backward phrases for your photographic pleasure. You may think that some words are impossible, but do your best. It is all meant to be in good fun!

1- Noon
2- Was it a car or a cat I saw?
3- Level
4- Racecar
5- Sis
6- Stressed / Desserts
7- Deed
8- Madam
9- Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.
10- Refer
11- Bib
12- Radar
13- Swap / Paws
14- Kayak
15- Dad or Pop
16- Live on time, emit no evil.
17- Eye
18- Gig
19- Peep
20- Sleep / Peels
21- Redder
22- Mum or Mom
23- Step on no pets.
24- Toot
25- Eve
26- Saippuakivikauppias (world’s longest palindrome which is Finnish for soapstone vendor)
27- Nametag / Gateman
28- Tattarrattat (longest English palindrome which was coined by James Joyce in Ulysses and means knock on the door)
29- Tot
30- Never odd or even.
31- Wow!!

And as usual, we have bonus words of July’s birthstone which is the ruby, considered to be the king of gems. The birth flowers are larkspur and water lily and the star signs are Cancer and Leo. Other bonus words include birthday and anniversary.

The tag will be the first three letters of the month, followed by the year and the word "words". Tag is jul20words .

Enjoy the words! Feel free to do some of them or all of them, in or out of the order in which you choose,. It is your challenge and your rules!

Have a great month!!

June 29th, 2020
That is great of you, Wendy. I totally forgot how fast July was coming and didn't even think of looking for the request for words topic so it worked out well. :)
Thank you so much for doing this.
June 29th, 2020
@mittens
I know!! June just flew by for me too!
June 29th, 2020
@farmreporter thanks Wendy things should get easier for me from now as my preschool days end this week...
June 30th, 2020
@farmreporter btw great idea for words too
June 30th, 2020
Thank you Wendy this looks like a lot of fun!
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