Saturday 25 January 2020

Submitted Palindromes: Intro to presenters, #1 -- Don's Ho

You have reached the "Submitted Palindromes" thread on the blog "Edifying Nonsense", a light literary entity that emanates through the blogosphere 5 times per month.

  On the 25th of each month you will find a slide-filling group of palindromic phrases submitted to the editors by a panel of 7 palindromists. These folks have all been working on this project since January 2020. Their profiles are indicated in panels published here at the start of things, and periodically (about every tenth 'issue', we ask them to provide (palindromically, of course) their views on one of the iconic items in the classic literature, starting with "A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama", and continuing with other well-known phrases, such as "Dennis sinned". Otherwise, their contribution will be grouped in random piles (a phrase that you might recognize as an anagram of the word p-a-l-i-n-d-r-o-m-e-s). 
  You will be able to find these back-and-forth enlightenments, as well as a lot of other stuff that appeals to word-nerds, in the contents listed by date in the right-hand column of the blog-page. By the way, the twentieth of each month will be devoted to a major article on wordplay, and the posts on the 5th, 10th and 15th to collections of terse and mirthful verse (limericks and "limerrhoids"), that are often targeted at wordplay.

   As a web-traveler, you might have landed here while roaming from a starting point on the blog "Daily Illustrated Nonsense", (a repository of verse, parody-song-lyrics and photos, as well as wordplay)If you wish to return, click the link. 

To help eager readers move back and forth, here are links to the profiles of each of our seven frequent (and usually dependable) contributors to our open request for submitted palindromes.
The editors feel that palindromes are inherently present in our language, so the presence of the less famous items is reported, discovered, or re-discovered by these writers, rather than being the "creation" of a particular word-artist. In other words you may have seen some of their offerings on other lists of palindromes, but that is no problem for us. 

(Don's Ho)  


Monday 20 January 2020

JAN 20 (2020), monthly wordplay: political palindromes, A - D

political palindromes, A - D

 These palindromes were selected to display the simplest type of palindrome construction. A word such as 'debut', that creates an alternate English word when the letters are read in reverse order, is sometimes waggishly referred to as a 'SEMORDNILAP'. In any case, full speed ahead (ignore the punctuation)!

These palindromic phrases have a hinge-point unpaired letter in the very middle, e.g. the "T in 'TRAIL' in the first example. The hingepoint is the only letter that is not reflected by its mate in the opposite wing of the structure; and the total number of letters in such examples is always odd (e.g. 9 letters for 'liar trail'). Again, the punctuation is to be downplayed.  

From this point, you can proceed either forwards or backwards.

In a third format for palindromic phrases, the dividing point between the two symmetric wings is a space between repeated letters in the middle of a word. This format is shown above with a vertical line for obses|ses and op|position; as with the hingepoint single letter in the middle of a word (like the 'v' in uneven), there is considerable puzzlement in understanding how these phrases can be constructed. Remember, that in any case, you will do best to ignore any punctuation.

Authors' NoteAny collection of palindromes, such as the above assemblage, is likely to present a mix of the various architectural formats discussed so far. 

From this point, you can proceed either forwards or backwards.
For FORWARD, proceed to the next set of 'POLITICAL PALINDROMES' on 
For BACKWARD, return to the previous set on .

Author's Note: The palindromes in this series have mostly been concocted recently. Some of them had first been displayed in one of our blogposts in 2017. Note that the author believes that wordplay derivations such as palindromes and anagrams are not 'invented', but merely 'reported' by canny observers, and some of today's offerings have been copied from others' reports as well as from the blog-author's earlier work. 

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Wednesday 15 January 2020

Danger-Filled Verses: DOMESTIC HAZARDS

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, August 2019. These verses have also been web-published at, an online humour dictionary that has accumulated over 110,000 carefully edited limerick verses.

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other song formats on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post

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To resume daily titillations on our blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense', click HERE. Once you arrive, you can select your time frame of interest from the calendar-based listings in the righthand margin, and check the daily offerings for any month in the years 2020 to the present. (As of September 2022, there are 1000 entries available on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.)

Friday 10 January 2020

"LANGUAGE ROCK" : Chubby Checker's Singable Update of the Poem "THE CHAOS" by G.N.Trenité

ORIGINAL POEM:   "The Chaos" by Gerard Nolst Trenité , 1920. 
SONG LINK: See "post #79" on "Giorgio's Ukable Parodies" 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June, 2015.

Original version of the poem "The Chaos"

“The Chaos” is a poem written by the Dutch writer and English-teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité as a comment on the difficulty of English pronunciation. The work was published by the author in various versions (of increasing length) over the period 1920 to 1944; it has frequently appeared unattributed with some re-editing.

I have made changes quite liberally in the poem in adapting it, including 1) removing lines with dated language, 2) giving priority to American rather than British pronunciation,  3) changing the politically-incorrect context with the implied female character now serving as the language expert as well as the inspiration,  4) creating some thematic stanzas based on the subject matter of the targeted orthographic difficulties, and 5) adding a final stanza to emphasize the learner's problem of accenting the correct syllable.

Most importantly, the work has been made singable, including a touch of Caribbean lilt in relation to the ORIGINAL SONG, "Limbo Rock", as recorded, 1962, by Chubby Checker. See Giorgio's version of the song, "Chaos Talk" by clicking at the songlink.

Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenite, 1870-1946

(Singable Revision of G.N.Trenite's "The Chaos")

Greatest creature God create -
Teacher, please enunciate.
Show how sounds should auscultate
Make my head to oscillate.
Heat up versions in your verse
Words like corpse, corps, horse, hoarse, hearse
Tear in eye, tear dress and worse
Tersely parse, or pierce your purse.

History of a billet-doux  -
Dizzy mystery to me, Sue
Why a busy quasi-poet
On excuse like me do dote
It's enough, you found in jiff
I'm not into petroglyphs,
Aural word-play that you wrote
Oar or ore, rose, rows my boat.

Fair seer, swear, I fear compare
Health, heard; here’s my heartfelt prayer,
Sword and Britain, sweaty mitt
Seems so foreign, how it's writ
'Bidded' better said then 'bade'?
Play-played, bad, pay-paid, laid plaid.
I'll be careful how I speak,
Like: brush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak.

Ballot matches not ballet,
Wallet, mallet (for croquet).
Blood and wood are not good food
Nor is mould like cowed or mooed.
Diet, dies, alive, grieve, live
Wounded, rounded, ivy, sieve
Privy, famous, clamor, damn!
Rhymes with private rhythm, clam.

Allow hallowed, said aloud
People, leopard, snowed, plowed, proud
Fatal channel and banal
Promise and surprise canal
Monkey, donkey, chalk, cork, jerk
Ask, grasp, wasp and work or shirk
Doctrine, asinine, pristine
Mouth, youth, southern, cleanse lens clean.

One, won, only, onion, owe
Two, canoe, too often throw
Four, fork, forty, flour, folk
Eight, weight, wait, faint, feint, weird, woke
No one, none, knot, nothing, love
Some, sum, chute, shone, subtle shove
Many maniacs meant amends
Few refined fiends find true friends.

Brother, older, bother both
Sister, cistern, system; oath!
Father, fatter, falter, fault
Mother, macho, mutter, malt
Daughter, laughter, draft and drought
Son, soup, shoulder, shouldn't shout
Niece and nephew, office, police
Lice, delicious, peace, release.

Winter, women, whine and dyne
Spring, sigh, singer, ginger, sign
Summer, comer, hymn and thyme
Autumn, fallow, chimp and climb
Whether, weather, ware and tare
Front, from, font, and fowl or fare
Mown, sewn, sod in Heaven – odd!
Even 'eye', I'm overawed.
Limbo guys like Gene and John
Dance all night with Jean and Dawn
Just like movies that you've seen
Guests lean back, view groovy scene
Choose loose clothes to cruise the show
Limbo, how low can you go?
Limber ladies – limbs can seize
Please don't freeze and squeeze your knees.

Accent's hard to get correct
As in current or connect
Segment, portrait they portray
Moray, banquet and filet.
Insight, inquest and intent
Recent recipe, cement
Exit or exist, exude
Concert and request - conclude!

Sunday 5 January 2020

Undiscovered Poem by John Keats: "La Belle Plage Sans Jetski"

A POETIC SAGA:  previously unpublished.
POETIC PRECEDENT: The current poem seems to be a sequel to John Keats' "La Belle Dame sans Merci", 1819.   

La Belle Dame sans Merci
fantasy rendering, Kirikam:
after Sir John Dicksee
EDITORIAL REVISION: Giorgio Coniglio updated the formatting for this work, which was discovered  scribbled on a napkin in 2001.
SONGLINK: The original Keats' poem has been set to music in a pastiche found on our sister blog "Giorgio's Ukable Parodies"


(A Saga of Escape to Sarasota Bay from the Lake Erie Shoreline)

O what can ail thee, pale Canuck,
   Gulf-coast and condo visiting,
Where the seagrass thrives along the Bay,
   And Snowbirds sing ? 

O what can ail thee, pale Canuck,
  Jet-charter'd and still shov'ling sore ?
The pompano is on the grill, fresh-
  -Squozen juice U-pour.

I watched an ibis in the reeds,
  And anguish'd "Need I ne'er go North?'
When rang a lady-elf with her
  Clipboard and Porsche.

She drove me in her pager'd steed,
  Past time-shar'd mangroves, egrets soar;
And there I fill'd her travel-mug
  With Starbucks' pour.

We tour'd beachfront, boat-access too,
  Benz'd realtors, well-bronz'd were they all,
They chirp'd, 'La Belle Plage sans Jetski -
  Close to the Mall.' 

She drove me to Siesta Key.
  En route I daydream'd, drawbridge high'd,
November's permanent escape
  From the froze Lake-side.

And that is why few winter there,
  Valve-closed or Erie-watering,
Though the sludge is filtered from the Lake
  And no bugs sting.