Monday, 5 April 2021

CLASSIC PALINDROMES #5: Spoofs on the IPP (iconic Panama palindrome), classic and otherwise

   This post provides a continuation of wordplay collections displayed on December 5, 2020January 5, 2021February 5, 2021, and March 10, 2021. In those earlier posts, classic palindromes (phrases and sentences whose letters are ordered identically when they are read either forwards or backwards) were described and extolled in verse by the team of Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio; the topics of poetic discussion, eight in each post, were as follows: 
1. Dennis sinned            
2. Drawn onward
3Gnu dung
4. Yreka bakery
5. Lonely Tylenol
6. UFO tofu
7. Too hot to hoot
8. Never odd or even 
9. Sex at noon taxes
10No 'X' in Nixon.
11. A Santa at NASA
12. T. Eliot's toilet
13. Madam, I'm Adam
14. Sex of foxes
15. Able ere Elba
16. A Toyota's a Toyota
17. Mr. Owl ate my metal worm
18. Emil's lime
19. To idiot: (The palindromic grouch)
20. A dim or fond 'No!' from Ida
21. No lemon, no melon (fruitless)
22. See bees
23. Ma is as selfless as I am
24. O stone, be not so (Roger Stone)
25. Zeus sees Suez 
26. Step on no pets  
27. Do geese see God?  
28. Negation A:  No 'D'; No 'L' -- London 
29Negation B No! It is opposition 
30. The Palindromic Signpost
31. The IPP (iconic Panama palindrome): A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama

For your review, here's Giorgio's verse about 'the IPP' (designated above as #31):

You can also enjoy reading about an allegorical workshop at which the IPP (iconic Panama Palindrome) was almost discovered by clicking this link.

Please note that, continuing the convention adopted in the previous posts, there will be an exclusive correlation between green italicized font and palindromes. But not all of the palindromes displayed within the verses' lines are in the 'classic repertoire'. Some are recent concoctions by the authors. But of course, all the poems highlighting the wordplay  are verses written jointly by Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio.

32. Classic spoof on the IPP: A man, a potato -- Panama.
33. Classic spoof on the IPP: A man, a plan, a cat, a hat, a canal -- Panama.
34. Classic spoof on the IPP: Sir, a plan, a canal -- Paris
35. Classic spoof on the IPP: A dog, a plan, a canal -- pagoda
36. Recent concoction by the authors: One man, a plan, a canal -- panameño
37. Recent concoction by the authors: A girl, a plan, a canal, pal -- Riga.
38. Recent concoction by the authors: A man, a Pan -- a panama. (hats)
39. Recent concoction by the authors: A man, a plan, if final -- Panama. 


To a goat-god who's seeking a hat,
There's No stetson, but much worse than that:
A man, a panama works;
Pan, a panama irks.
With his goat-horns, the hat won't sit flat.
The 'hat' is a favored topic for palindromes as discussed in the verse Cat in the Hat. Other palindromes dealing with headgear include ...
No stetson.
A man, a panama., and
A man, a Pan — a panama.
The reader may note that both A Pan, a panama, and To a goat fall short of palindromic status.

It is surprising to realize that the Panama hat was never produced in Panama, and represented an adaptation of the Ecuadorian hat that was imported to Panama and promoted to visiting Europeans.


Lack of funds shouldn't make us detain
Our trans-isthmus new shipping-lane.
That big project, if final
(The acclaim being mine'll),
A palindrome plain will explain.
This version of the history of the Panama canal suggests several new spoofs on the iconic Panama palindrome, including ...
A man, a plan, if final — Panama;
A man, a plan; if A, final? — Panama;
A man, a plan, if B, final? — Panama; etc.

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