Palindromes Made E-Z? But palindromes are hard, right? Wrong. If you have the right tools, they can be easy to compose. I know. I was illiterate about palindromes for years before I figured I could invent something to make them easier to create.
The video above is the best way to learn how to create original palindromes with the Palindrome Composer and Franklin’s Palindromedary. First a little background.
Franklin’s Palindromedary is a reference book for palindromists. The core of it is made of two word lists. The first list, Main, lists words much like a dictionary. The word in each entry is in bold. Immediately after in parentheses is the reversed word. Those two together are helpful, but the real power is in what I call the splits.
Palindromes Made E-Z With Splits
A split is a way of breaking the reversed word into two or three fragments. The point is to find words that can expand your palindrome. Every word you add must also appear in reverse to make a symmetrical palindrome. Without that symmetry, there is no palindrome. Each split will have two links, one to the Reversed word list and one to the Main word list. Every listed split is guaranteed to link to at least two words that have some value in composing a palindrome.
Left-hand splits link to the Reversed list. This list shows reversed words in alphabetical order. The effect is to group words by how they end. Thus, the link for a left-hand split goes to words ending in the left fragment. In the image above, the two splits link to words ending with “no” and “nog”.
The right-hand splits link to the Main list. This is useful to find words that begin with the right fragment. Clicking the link is the fastest way to go right to the words you need, much faster than browsing from the start of the letter category.
The Palindrome Composer adds even more speed by using a simple web form to access the Palindromedary. Enter a word from the Palindromedary into the Word Explorer field and it puts all available splits in to a select list. Choose one split, and the words associated with the left and right fragments instantly appear in the two panes below the select list. Above the panes are buttons linking to the same places in the lists that the Main list splits would go. If either list is too long for the pane, just click the button to open the Palindromedary in a dedicated browser tab and see the full list.
Ray N. Franklin
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