From the last issue's Ledge Edge we peered mostly at the missing: intentionally omitted words, vowels and syllables. Now we flap away from the "eschewed" and go espying the askew--odd assortments and arrangements of what is there. But as with my mother's elves, you have to start flying before you can see them. You didn't know about my mother's elves? They were a family secret, and my father never admitted to getting the note she wrote about them, but then maybe he didn't get it -- "Ed: odd, I am nuts. I flew. As I did, I saw elf! I stun maid! -- Dode." With palindromes, it helps if your parents' names were Ed and Dode, and mine really were.
"Fledge Ledge Edge,"
Word Ways: Vol. 30
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol30/iss1/11