Yesterday was 12022021 and this is not the first reference to a palindrome in this journal.
- ‘I have a strong memory of leaving a pizza bar in the palindrome town of Oruro.‘
- ‘ …we read about the fossil in a local newspaper when I happened to be in the palindromic Neuquen region‘
Those are yesterdays’ thoughts and note that I know there are those that consider 12022021 is not a palindrome.
Generally, I like plays on words. I like puns and palindromes. Double entendres too. I’m a bit of of a paronomasiac.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves is often set aside by the SEO bots. It seems that Lynne Truss’s concerns aren’t always SEO compliant. Which is a peculiar inversion of priorities imho.
‘Dyslexic prisoners are not helped by long sentences’ isn’t so different from the insulting advice I get from SEO content bots that scan posts to this journal. I don’t feel the need to trim my sentences in case, you, my audience can’t comprehend them.
You’ll be as interested as me to read that Shakespeare use paronomasia to entertain his unruly audiences. His audience would have known better than us reading as school kids what Mercutio meant by ‘hide his bauble in a hole’. Or the true intent in the exchange between Ophelia and Hamlet ‘You are keen, my lord, you are keen.’ to which he replies ‘It would cost you a groaning to take off my edge’.
What was bawdy in 1600 is now some of the best literature in the world. To this day, Shakespeare continues to entertain everyone who pays attention. No matter their age nor the complexity of the language. I guess today’s SEO bots would prevent Shakespeare being published on the grounds that it doesn’t maximise readership.
We saw As You Like It in The Globe in London in late 2019 and the setting made for a completely different way of enjoying the play. It was a fun filled show that felt true to the original intent – lighthearted entertainment that frankly, flagged and number our bums from time to time but it was quite an event.
As they say, you can’t beat a pickled egg. Yes, I like redirection with non-sequiturs.
Today, while it snows and sleets outside my window, I think the last words should come from a few quotes attributed to Mae West.
- When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.
- Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
- If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.