The Symmys

On March 10, the first annual Symmys will be awarded for the best palindromes of 2012. Ten finalists in four categories will compete under the eye of linguists, palindromists, and celebrity judges. The forty finalist palindromes are anonymous until the winners are announced in Portland,Oregon, and online.

The criteria for judging were left up to the judges, whom we surveyed via email. Their ranks will determine a winner in each category and an overall champ. “Weird Al,” who names “Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo” as a personal favorite, says a winner should show a sense of humor or a spark of wit, as he did in his palindromic song “Bob,” which contains another renowned Agee line: “Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.”


Palindromist and judge Jeff Grant says he’s also looking for a “natural” quality in palindromes, as in one of his favorites: “Sex at noon taxes.” Comedian Jackie Kashian, who hosts the podcast “The Dork Forest,” says she’ll be looking for depth, though she also loves the simplicity of creations like “evil olive.” Other judges include comedian Demetri Martin and musician John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.

You can see a couple of the entries at Time Newsfeed. Link

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