þriðjudagur, maí 16, 2006

palindrome!

Here is a little Icelandic samhverfa (palindrome) I learned last week:

Amma sá Afa káfa af ákafa á Samma.

So, what does it mean? First one to get it wins a prize. (And for my 50% Icelandic readership, you have to teach me a better Icelandic palindrome to win the prize. Or maybe I'll make two prizes. We'll see.)

8 Comments:

Blogger Jóhannes Tryggvason said...

Tons of icelandic palindromes: http://www.baggalutur.is/samhverfur.php

16.5.06  
Blogger JB said...

Thanks for those, Jóhannes. So, do you have an entry for the contest?

16.5.06  
Blogger Jóhannes Tryggvason said...

I don´t really have an entry for the contest, but how about tongue twisters: "Barbara Ara bar Ara araba bara rabbarbara"?

That´s a completely legal icelandic sentence that uses only three letters of the alphabet...

16.5.06  
Blogger Little Miss Loopy said...

I hope the grandfather is just gay and that Sammi is not relatated to him!

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Blogger jonastryggvi said...

You can't possibly find a better Icelandic palindrome than that one! I actually believe that the Icelandic language hasn't changed for centuries, just to keep that one legal.

Like; "Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog" is the perfect English palindrome :)

16.5.06  
Blogger JB said...

Jóhannes, excellent. Tongue twisters are perfectly legal in the contest. That's my new rule.

Audi, I just hope my coworker Sammi isn't too offended when he reads this entry.

JT, what about "A man. A plan. A canal. Panama." I mean, if that's not the archetypal English palindrome, what is?

16.5.06  
Blogger JB said...

And man, I guess it's true: Nothing like a word game to bring the reserved Icelanders out of the woodwork. Great on you, guys!

16.5.06  
Blogger JB said...

Since interest in this post seems to have waned, here is the English translation of the original palindrome:

Grandma saw Grandpa enthusiastically groping Sammy.

That's one to crack up the coworkers at the weekly status meeting.

Jóhannes, you win the prize for your tongue twister addition. Let me know how to get it to you. My email address is in my profile.

18.5.06  

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