adj. full of rabbits
adj. of, like or pertaining to summer
In 1984, British engineer Lee Sallows built a dedicated computer to compose a self-enumerating pangram — a sentence that inventories its own letters. It succeeded:
This pangram contains four a’s, one b, two c’s, one d, thirty e’s, six f’s, five g’s, seven h’s, eleven i’s, one j, one k, two l’s, two m’s, eighteen n’s, fifteen o’s, two p’s, one q, five r’s, twenty-seven s’s, eighteen t’s, two u’s, seven v’s, eight w’s, two x’s, three y’s, & one z.
CLINT EASTWOOD is an anagram for OLD WEST ACTION.
“The following paragraphs will shew how completely the sense is altered by the omission of a single letter of the word in Italics”:
- “The conflict was dreadful, and the enemy was repulsed with considerable laughter.”
- “Robert Jones was yesterday brought before the sitting Magistrate, on a charge of having spoken reason at the Barleymow public-house.”
- “In consequence of the numerous accidents occasioned by skaiting on the Serpentine River, measures are taking to put a top to it.”
- “When Miss Leserve, late of Covent Garden Theatre, visited the ‘Hecla,’ she was politely drawn up the ship’s side by means of a hair.”
- “At the Guildhall dinner, none of the poultry was eatable except the owls.”
- “A gentleman was yesterday brought up to answer a charge of having eaten a hackney-coachman for having demanded more than his fare; and another was accused of having stolen a small ox out of the Bath mail; the stolen property was found in his waistcoat pocket.”
– Salem Register, 1827, quoted in The Olden Time Series, Vol. 6: Literary Curiosities: Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, 1886
The longest English word of one syllable is squirreled.
v. to crush, smash, defeat
MADONNA LOUISE CICCONE is an anagram of OCCASIONAL NUDE INCOME.
From the Salem Observer, 1840:
“The following letter was written by a young gentleman to his ‘lady love,’ under the direction and eye of a rigid old father. The understanding, however, between the lovers, was, that she should read only every other line, beginning with the first. Love is full of expedients.”
The great love I have hitherto expressed for you
is false, and I find that my indifference, toward you
increases daily; the more I see of you, the more
you appear in my eyes an object of contempt. –
I feel myself every way disposed and determined to
hate you. Believe me, I never had an intention to
offer you my hand. Our last conversation has
left a tedious insipidity, which has by no means
given me the most exalted idea of your character;
your temper would make me extremely unhappy,
and if we are united, I shall experience nothing but
the hatred of my parents, added to their everlasting dis-
pleasure in living with you. I have, indeed, a heart
to bestow, but I do not wish you to imagine it is
at your service; I could not give it to any one more
inconsistent and capricious than yourself, and less
capable to do honor to my choice and to my family. –
Yes, Madam, I trust you will be persuaded that
I speak sincerely; and you will do me a favor
to avoid me. I shall excuse your taking the trouble
to answer this. Your letters are always full of
impertinence, and you have not the least shadow of
wit or good sense. Adieu! Adieu! believe me, I am
so averse to you that it is impossible for me ever to be
your affectionate friend and ardent lover.
– Quoted in The Olden Time Series, Vol. 6: Literary Curiosities: Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, 1886
The longest English word with only one vowel is strengths.
adj. fussy, officious
The only common English word that has five vowels in a row is queueing.
adj. shining; glowing ruddily
n. the imp of mischief in a printing house
Memorable sportscasting quotes:
- “And here’s Moses Kiptanui, the 19-year-old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago.” (David Coleman)
- “Juantorena opens his legs and shows his class.” (Ron Pickering)
- “With half of the race gone, there is half of the race still to go.” (Murray Walker)
- “What I said to them at halftime would be unprintable on the radio.” (Gerry Francis)
- “I was in Saint-Etienne two years ago. It’s much the same as it is now, although now it’s completely different.” (Kevin Keegan)
- “I imagine that the conditions in those cars are totally unimaginable.” (Murray Walker)
- “The Baggio brothers, of course, are not related.” (George Hamilton)
- “For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip.” (John Motson)
“Real Madrid are like a rabbit in the glare of the headlights in the face of Manchester United’s attacks,” Hamilton once said. “But this rabbit comes with a suit of armor in the shape of two precious away goals …”
n. an instrument of torture for crushing the fingers
n. the state of being bread
A Latin palindrome:
IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI.
(“We enter the circle at night and are consumed by fire.”)
It was said to describe the behavior of moths.
v. to overshadow
A palindrome is a word or phrase that is spelled the same backward and forward. A semordnilap (“palindromes” spelled backward) produces a different word when reversed:
flog — golf
edit — tide
knits — stink
leper — repel
lager — regal
pupils — slipup
drawer — reward
diaper — repaid
Found in the ruins of Pompeii, the Latin inscription SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS (“The sower Arepo holds the wheels with effort”) may be the most symmetrical sentence ever composed. If it’s written conventionally, it’s a palindrome, reading the same forward and backward. And if it’s written into a square:
… it reads the same left to right, top to bottom, right to left, or bottom to top.