Seemingly, “The longest palindromic word in the Oxford English Dictionary is the onomatopoeic tattarrattat, coined by James Joyce in Ulysses (1922)”.
This is wildly unsurprising – remember the sound of crashing waves? – but pours us into a fizz of celebration that:
- It is Groundhog Day: the middle of Winter.
- The date is a delicious palindrome: 02.02.2020
- Just wait til two minutes past Eight this evening when it’ll be … yes you’ve guessed it … 20.02 on 02.02.2020
Such simple pleasures make me smile.
Note: this afternoon in London, the temperature will reach 13° centigrade / 55.4° Fahrenheit. Punxsutawney Phil wouldn’t bother to get out of bed in such swelterage, shadow or no shadow surely?
Image © Oxford World’s Classics cover to Ulysses