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LIMERICK VERSE: Original verse composed by Giorgio Coniglio, November 2016, modified from the version accepted for publication by OEDILF.com, the online limerick dictionary. ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to the tune of "The Limerick Song", as in "The Flea and the Fly" (see sactoGranny's recording on YouTube here.). A blogpost on our song-lyrics site shows the ukulele chord-charts for this oeuvre.
Leigh Mercer (1893-1977) was credited with the iconic palindrome, "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama." Mercer, an isolated British eccentric, worked during his lifetime at a variety of low-level jobs, and occasionally communicated with journals and contest organizers about wordplay and mathematical puzzles. After his death, notebooks filled with inventive palindromes were discovered, as described here.
The lyrics describe an apocryphal workshop conducted by Mercer, during which the iconic canal palindrome is almost invented.
LEIGH'S PALINDROME WORKSHOP
Note: All italicized phrases except the first are legitimate palindromes.
Several of these have been reported for the first time by the author.
"A man + a plan, a canal — Panacea: A palindrome, pal?" My friend Leigh seemed contrite — "No! The ending's not right. Zeus sees Suez— that seems less lame, Mal."
"A man, a plan, IF final, Pan- amaworks, (like Name male pipe, lame man!)" My friend Leigh looked uptight, "No! It lacks enough bite. It's ambiv'lent, like Nab, rob or ban."
"Amen + a pit, Ipanema" (Voiced in Portuguese, with no disclaimer). Leigh: "No! Tip-top pot pit Is a much better fit, But Amen! Icy cinema's lamer."
"A mar on a pan — a panorama: Has poor scansion, but not such bad grammar". Leigh groaned, "Dammit, I'm mad; Stuff those phrases so bad; No sir, prison— that warrants the slammer."
WORDPLAY post #105 Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, occasional verse, etc. EDITOR: Giorgio Coniglio SONGLINK: Satire fans may be interested in the current offering on our blog, "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE" (formerly giorgio's ukable parodies)entitled "Red Army Choir Sings Classic Limericks".
HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3
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