Did you know that today was a palindrome day?
You should be able to quickly deduce that there will now be a string of short palindrome days. Tomorrow is 9/11/19 which is also the same forward and back.
Some people are calling this a palindrome week, but I disagree as the week starts on Sunday and not Tuesday. However, since we will have ten days in a row of palindrome dates this coming weekend will be a palindrome weekend.
So, when will the next palindrome day be?
Of course we usually think of words when we see the term palindrome. The longest palindrome in the English language is tattarrattat which was used by James Joyce in his novel Ulysses. Tattarrattat is the sound of a knock on a door.
There are other weird facts I could share about palindromes, like the fact that even a novel of more than 50,000 words was written as a palindrome. However, I will stop the trivia here.
However, I will state that Ben Johnson created the word palindrome from the Greek words palin and dromos. The root word palin means again and dromos means way or direction. For those of you not up on your history of authors, Ben Johnson was a playwright from the early 1600’s so the word has been around for a long time.
Hmm, I guess my day was a bit like a palindrome.
sleep, eat, commute, work, eat, work, commute, eat, sleep
I did have some fun in the classroom two years ago when I wrote the original post. I asked one of the students what the date was and then wrote the date from right to left on the board.
See: Palindrome Day