Word Ways


Jim Puder


Inigo de Onez y Loyola, St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), is famed as the founder of the Jesuit order of Roman Catholic clergy. The logologically noteworthy coincidence that the last four letters of "Ignatius" are the reversal of the last four letters of "Jesuit" or long challenged palindromists to devise some reasonably artistic palindromic passage that unites the two names. To date, a fully satisfactory formulation has proven to be frustratingly elusive. In I love Me, Vol. I, for example, Michael Donner offers "An Ignatius ejaculation's... [no ital! u.c.!] ... A JESUIT AGNINA!" and variations, and "Set, a Luca Jesuit 'angina man,' Ignatius, ejaculates." As ingenious as they are, these palindromes (which their own author calls "weird" and "squirrelish" and suggests be banned) nevertheless exhibit a number of flaws, including awkward syntax, the use of abbreviations, and the use of an unfamiliar proper noun.