Tuesday 10 December 2019



The current offering represents a followup to a slew of recent map-art blogposts by Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH. 
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #1
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #4
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #1
Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #4

"A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion, set to music, on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in post #185 of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" 

r√™ve: French for dream.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: a stop on U.S. 'Route 66', as mentioned in the eponymic jazz ballad. Click on Route 66 .
Amana: a religious community, the Pietists, founded this settlement in the state of Iowa in 1856. Click on Amana Colonies.
panama (Ecuadorian hat): a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin, becoming popular worldwide at the beginning of the 20th century. Click on panama.
Act: The British North America Act paved the way for the  Confederation of Canada in 1867. Click on BNA Act.

And, if you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go on to "Magical Canal Verses and Palindromes".

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Sunday 8 December 2019


Season Greetings to All from your friends here at NONSENSE CENTRAL..

Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and DrGH want to send you and yours all the best for a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas, a prosperous New Year, and freedom from irritating robo-calls (you can pick up to 3 of these choices).

To help you enjoy all the time for socializing and contemplation at this time of year, there is nothing like structured NONSENSE.
And we are delighted to send you some samples and links to the expanding world of nonsense without any obligation on your part. You may have already seen some of this material, but most of it is newly formatted, and may be worth your giving it a second look. (If not, it can be easily sent to TRASH.)

Song-lyrics from the 2015 holiday season revisited, based on an article in the journal The Economist entitled "TURKEY'S FLIGHT"

SUBSTITUTE LYRICS are subbed into TWO original songs, making this a a pair-ody.
ORIGINAL SONG#1: "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts...), written by Wells and Torm√©  in 1944, and recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio 1946.
ORIGINAL SONG#2: "Good King Wenceslas", John Mason Neale 1853, but often now mistakenly referred to as 'traditional'. Neale's piece, (based on accounts of the Bohemian Wenceslas legend, and a 13th century 'spring-carol tune) was highly criticized in the 1920s as "ponderous moral doggerel".
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, January, 2015; updated in 2017.   
SONGLINK: Click here to see the song-lyrics with chord charts formatted for performers on ukulele and guitar (other string instruments can probably benefit as well.)
 For another song-lyrics parody on  "The Christmas Song"  see our earlier posting "The Cynic's Songhere.
But, BE WARNED: The song-lyrics site is now a private blog, so to be allowed access, you will have to leave me a comment here indicating your email address, so I can set up your entrance documentration.


part #1(to the tune of The Christmas Song - "Chestnuts Roasting")

Essay featured in Economist,
Turkeys' origins disclosed -
Centerpiece of each year's Yuletide feast,
Subspecies bred in Mexico.

Dolts like me believed that gobblers and that Mid-East land -
Names were mere coincidence.
Ottomans, trading ships, caravans -
I understand, it now makes sense.

You can enjoy the rest of the song by clicking to this link which will lead you to our fascinating blog... (The link is guaranteed to be free of viruses, malware and antibiotic-resistant organisms.)

or if you prefer to trash this communication, I suspect you know the routine.



WORDPLAY post #196
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, 2018-2019. Today's verses have also been published or remain under review at OEDILF.com (Omnificent EnglishDictionary in Limerick Form), an online humour dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 laboriously edited limericks, including over 300 that we have submitted there. The OEDILFian code number for the verse and its status, 'T' = 'transitional', is indicated below each of our slides. 
Palindromes have been featured on our blogsite EDIFYING NONSENSE since its inception. The concept of 'goofy' variants on classical palindromes was honored as the topic of three blog-postings that you can link to here. 
A to H post#20 ; I to O post#29 ; P to Z post #40. Indeed, the goofy variants are often the key to teasing rhymes from this otherwise inflexible form of wordplay.
Incidentally, artwork, including photos, as well as poetry, are the creation of this website's author-editors unless otherwise indicated.  The original 'inventors' of the classic palindromes have generally not been reported, and are best regarded as having been lost in the sands of time.

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick medleys on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". 

Please note that beyond this point in the presentation, there will be an exclusive correlation between green italicized font and palindromes (phrases or sentences whose letters are ordered identically when they are read backwards as well as forwards)

1. A man, a panama
2. Drawn onward
3. Dennis sinned
4. Gnu dung
5. Yreka bakery
6. Lonely Tylenol
7. UFO tofu
8. Too hot to hoot
9. Never odd or even 
10. Sex at noon taxes
11. No 'X' in Nixon
12. A Santa at NASA
13. T. Eliot's toilet
14. Madam, I'm Adam
15. Sex of foxes
16. Able ere Elba
17. A Toyota's a Toyota
18. No lemon; no melon (Fruitless)
19. Mr Owl ate my metal worm
20. Emil's lime
21. Ida's denial
22. Selfless
23. See-saw
24. Canals 

 "A man, a plan, a canal -- Panamais one of the best known palindromes in the English language. Read about the deliberations leading to the discovery of this iconic phrase in either poetry or song-lyrics

You can enjoy the rest of these short poems by clicking on this link which will lead you to...