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Chapter 4. Words, Words, Words > Formal and Informal English - Pg. 44

Words, Words, Words 44 Author! Author! A palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same backward as forward. The first palindrome recorded in English is "Lewd did I live & evil I did dwel." More famous examples include "Madam, I'm Adam," "A man, a plan, a canal--Panama," and "Able was I ere I saw Elba." My personal favorite is this number: "Rise, sir lapdog! Revolt, lover! God, pal, rise, sir!" Having the Last Word Late one night a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. "Give me your money," he demanded. Indignant, the affluent man replied, "You can't do this--I'm a U.S. Congressman!" "In that case," replied the robber, "give me MY money." See? Even the itty-bitty words count a lot. The Least You Need to Know