Word Ways


James Puder


Depending upon which aspect of its dual nature one considers primary, a palindromic pangram may be defined as either a palindromes which is pangrammatic (i.e., which contains every letter of the alphabet) or as a pangram which is palindromic. The first one ever published was written by Howard Bergerson and appeared in Dmitri Borgmann's 1965 book, Language on Vacation. Subsequently James Rambo, in the November 1976 Word ways, and Jeff Grant, in the May 1978 Word ways, contributed additional examples to the canon. Several more of these interestingly constrained writings serve to illustrate the present article, in which various kinds of palindromic pangrams are discussed.