My Favorite Palindromes
Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.
That’s my favorite palindrome.
The Finns are very proud of their palindromes. According to wikipedia:
The Finnish word saippuakivikauppias (soap-stone vendor) is claimed to be the world’s longest palindromic word in everyday use. A meaningful derivative from it is saippuakalasalakauppias (soapfish bootlegger). An even longer effort is saippuakuppinippukauppias (soapdish batch seller).
Actually, like people elsewhere in the world, Finnish people rarely talk about soap-stone vendors, let alone soapfish bootleggers (although that would make a great band name, don’t you think?). The word saippuakauppias, however, meaning simply “soap vendor (merchant, seller)” is an impressively long single word palindrome – it may, in fact be the longest single word palindrome in the world – and it is in everyday use. There was a shop by that name (selling soap, natch) in the Hakaniemi market the last time I was in Helsinki.
What’s your favorite palindrome?
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