REPEAT AGAIN

Poor Dan is in a droop.

Sit on a potato pan, Otis.

Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.

Do geese see God? Was it a car or a cat I saw?

Murder for a jar of red rum.

Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog.

What do these admittedly very unusual sentences have in common?

They’re palindromes.

What is a palindrome, and where does the word come from?

A palindrome is a word, sentence, verse, or even number that reads the same backward or forward. It derives from Greek roots that literally mean “running back” (palin is “again, back,” and dromos, “running.”) The word appears to have been created in English based on these roots in the early 1600s.

So, a palindrome is like a word, phrase, or number that runs back on itself. This bit of wordplay is not the same thing as when you rearrange the letters of a word or phrase to spell another one. That’s called an anagram.

In palindromes, spacing, punctuation, and capitalization are usually ignored. We use palindromes every day without thinking about it. Common palindromic—that’s the adjective for palindrome—words include: noon, civic, racecar, level, and mom.

The longest palindrome in English is often considered tattarrattat, coined by James Joyce in his 1922 Ulysses to imitate the sound of a knock on the door. That’s 12 letters. As for the longest palindrome phrase? In 2002 a palindromic year, we should note, computer scientist Peter Norvig created a program that generated a palindrome consisting of 74,633 letters. Talk about a man with a plan.

Palindromes can be given names. Consider the familiar likes of Bob, Anna, Hannah, Eve, and Elle. Place names can be palindromes too, such as Semmes (in Alabama) and Ward Draw (South Dakota).

Palindrome is an initiated word to show that numbers, words, phrases and sentences can be meant or read the same way even backward. This is how English language gives mystery and meaning in our lives.

Sometimes we recognize an experience to be repeating or happening again just like in palindrome. This term is called déjà vu. According to Cambridge dictionary it is the strange feeling that in some way you have already experienced what is happening now.

Dr. Judith Orioff (2016) said that a déjà vu is a memory of a dream, a precognition, a coincidental overlapping of events or even a past life experience in which we rekindle ancient alliances. What matters is that it draws us closer to the mystical. It is an offering, an opportunity for additional knowledge about us and others.

The fact that an encounter feels compelling or immediate doesn't necessarily mean that it is healthy or unhealthy. The experience of déjà vu must always be approached discerningly. However, mostly déjà-vu experiences are not obsessive or compulsive. They rather convey a quality that is quiet and solid.

The possibility of having a déjà vu is inherent in partnerships of all kinds, particularly the more intimate ones. It can occur in business, friendships, and family, often leading to pivotal outcomes that can impact the direction of our lives.

Don't let these possibilities pass you by. Take notice. Investigate. There is no way of predicting where each might lead or what it will teach you. Summoning the courage to take a chance and act on synchronicities, to have faith in what is not yet visible, will make the experience your own.

We might experience same situation many times, but still it is our choices and judgements that can define the life we have to live. The choice is always yours.


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