Language

SHAKE’N’BAKE:

LOVE’S LABORS LOST ACT V SCENE 1

“I MARVEL THY MASTER HATH NOT EATEN THEE FOR A WORD; FOR TH0U ART NOT SO LONG BY THE HEAD AS

 HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS

 THOU ART EASIER SWALLOWED THAN A FLAP DRAGON.”

The highlighted word is the longest (27 letters) in Shakespeare.

The descendants of Francis Bacon believe it to be a Latin cipher containing the declaration:

 I LUDI, TUITI AIBI, FR. BACONO NATI

 (THESE PLAYS ENTRUSTED TO THEMSELVES, PROCEED FROM FR. BACON)

The word

 QUEUE

 is the only world in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when its last four letters are removed.

 JACKDAWS LOVE  MY BIG SPHINX OF QUARTZ

 is the shortest English sentence to include all the letters of the alphabet.

The phrases,

 MA IS AS SELFLESS AS I AM

 and

REDRUM SIR, IS MURDER

 and again,

ANAL SEX AT NOON TAXES LANA

 are palindromes, sentences that read the same backwards and forwards.

The words

 CHOICE COD

 is an alucardrum, a phrase that reads the same way when held upside down in front of a mirror.

It is not related to the common conundrum but is brother to the palindrome and takes its name from

Bram Stoker’s

DRACULA,

(alucarD spelled backwards).

A wag once remarked,

FACETIOUSLY,

that

ABSTEMIOUS

was one of only two words in the English language that contained the vowels a e i o u in their proper order.

 

 

 

 

 

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