The longest palindrome


THE LONGEST PALINDROME
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

So what was the longest palindrome in the world?

To help figure this one out, here is the definition from dictionary.com:

pal·in·drome   n.

  1. A word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward. For example: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
  2. A segment of double-stranded DNA in which the nucleotide sequence of one strand reads in reverse order to that of the complementary strand.

Non-English: saippuakuppinippukauppias
# of letters: 25
Meaning: Finnish - 'soap cup dealer'
 

 

English: tattarrattat
# of letters: 12
Meaning: rat-a-tat

 

 

 



 

Notes: Tattarrattat was invented by James Joyce and used in 'Ulysses', It does, however appear in the Oxford Dictionary.

More notes: Many think 'Able was I ere I saw Elba' is the longest palindrome, maybe the longest that makes sense, but as proven below, they can be infinite. Generally the longer the palindrome, the less sense it makes

Yet more notes: A computer programmer, Peter Norvig, with the help of his computer, created a palindrome 17,256 words long. You can see it here: http://www.norvig.com/pal2txt.html

The longest palindrome

The longest palindrome

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