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Dutch Palindromes


This is a translation of an article by G. van Buren entitled "Nepapen" (fake monkeys) published in the June 30, 1979 NRC Handelsblad. H. B. Corstius of Amsterdam sent it to Martin Gardner, who passed it on to Word Ways. In the translation, palindromes (and reversals as well) are given in Dutch and emphasized with capital letters; the parenthetical remarks following have been added to aid the understanding of the non-Dutch reader. Many of the palindromes are made-up words, much in the spirit of Dmitri Borgmann's "The Evolution of a Palindrome" in the February 1970 Word Ways.