Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sarah Backwards

Bridge to Nowhere's ville

"You might be interested and amused (but certainly not “intrigued”) to learn that, in Ancient Greek, the word “Palin” means, more or less, “backwards.” Not in the sense of slow or stupid, but, rather, in the sense of reversing direction. A “palindrome,” for instance, is something that “runs backwards” or, one might say, reverses itself."

via: The New Yorker Henrick Hertzberg

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