Rot-13 Palindromes

I came across a Rot-13 Palindrome at x42.com:

THE EBONY LABOR RUG

Rot-13 is a simple text obfuscation scheme in which all letters are shifted by 13 positions in the alphabet. (A becomes N, N becomes A, B becomes O, etc.) A palindrome reads the same forward as backward. (A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!) So a Rot-13 Palindrome is a piece of text that is its own Rot-13 obfuscation when read backward. (T becomes G, H becomes U, E becomes R. The Rot-13 of THE is GUR. Read backward, that's RUG. So THE RUG is a Rot-13 Palindrome.)

I wondered what other Rot-13 Palindromes there might be, and I did not know exactly what an ebony labor rug is, so with the aid of a simple computer program that I wrote, I came up with another one:

BY NOON? LIAR! FANS ENVY ABBA, LO!

Can you come up with any more? Here is a list of common words and their Rot-13 Palindromes:

ABBA/NOON; AHA/NUN; ANNA/NAAN; ARC/PEN; BELT/GYRO; BUG/THO; BY/LO; EBONY/LABOR; ENVY/LIAR; FANG/TANS; FERRY/LEERS; FIRE/REVS; FONT/GABS; GNU/HAT; IRE/REV; LEG/TRY; LYRE/RELY; NIB/OVA; RUG/THE.

You can also use these words, which are their own Rot-13 Palindromes:

AN; BOBO; ER; FANS; FOBS; RAVINE; REBORE; ROBE; SERF; TANG; THUG; UH.

Remember, each word in a pair has to appear in the opposite direction from centre, e.g. TRY GNU LEG (unless you are vegetarian).

There are a bunch of less common words as well, but they won't help you unless you know the meaning of FERINE (Rot-13 Palindrome of RAVERS) or GRIVET (Rot-13 Palindrome of itself).

Words are fun to play with, especially Rot-13 Palindromes.

Comments

curmudgeon said…
Thanks for the headache.

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