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Article Title

Phonetic Palindromes

Authors

Susan Thorpe

Abstract

Words which are palindromes may, or may not, sound like palindromes. NOON, PEEP, and KINNIKINNIK sound like palindromes. However, most palindromes with more than 4 letters do not sound like palindromes, an exception being the 5 letter MINIM. The palindromically-inconsistent sounds, sometimes subtle, are, nevertheless, real: MADAM, LEVEL, TENET, CIVIC, SOLOS, DEIFIED, and ROTATOR. On the other hand, there exist words which are not palindromes but which sound like palindromes. These are phonetic palindromes. MAIM is a phonetic palindrome.

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