Saturday, 27 September 2008

Three Palindromes and a Spoonerism

We've all heard palindromes that make no sense, such as
Mad Zeus, no live Devil, lived evil on Suez dam.

I much prefer palindromes that make sense in a plausible context, not contrived ones like "Step on no pets" or "Draw pupil's lip upward".

My favourite ones are these three:

An ad for Toyota:
A Toyota. Race fast, safe car. A Toyota.
A sports-hater's plaintive plea to be left alone:
Golf? No Sir, prefer prison flog!
(I can identify with that!)

An anti-smoking slogan:
Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.
And a good spoonerism I read yesterday in MX fits in neatly with the story of the Knave of Hearts:
The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:

The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,
And took them quite away!
Q: How did the knave respond when questioned about the lack of pies?
A: With a pack of lies.

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