Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


These seven words have earned Leigh Mercer a place among the logological immortals. Ask the man on the street for an example of a palindrome, and (if he knows what you are talking about) you will likely have this quoted back at you. (Or, perhaps, "Madam, I'm Adam.") But it is ironic that Mercer did not want to be remembered in this way; he chided me once in a letter (October 1971) "...I am writing again to make sure that you don't think of me purely as a 'drome man. I have had a number of hobbies, am only interested in ideas which only a few others care for..."