[Ads-l] Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 6 12:24:11 UTC 2021

Pete Morris wrote:
> It's arguably the most famous palindrome in English. It is
> certainly the first one I  ever heard. When my father introduced
> me to the concept at a young age, this is the example he used.
> According to wikiquote:  (Section on Napoleon)
> https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Napoleon_I_of_France#Misattributed

Thanks for sharing the results of your efforts, Pete. You found an
excellent citation.
Back in September 2013 I located the same citation and initiated a
thread about it on this mailing list.

Palindrome: Able was I ere I saw Elba

Several list members made helpful comments and shared their
discoveries. I created an article for the QI website which is
available here:

Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba

Garson O'Toole

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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