Able was I ErE I saw Elba?
A pharase said by Nepoleon Bonapat, It has a meaning, who can solve it?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Napoleon was a a powerful ruler who eventually was conquered at Waterloo and exiled to the island of Elba.
The expression "Able was I ere I saw Elba" is a famous palindrome, which is a word or expression that is spelled the same way forward or backward, like racecar, or redder, or level.
Napoleon, of course, spoke French, so he never said this at all!
- DianneLv 44 years ago
ere is English - it's normally used poetically and means before. It means that the person (Napoleon) was capable of anything before he saw Elba. I've never been to Elba, but it sounds like a mighty slur. Unfortunately no one has yet made up a palindrome for what he said when he arrived on St. Helena.
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- anigmaLv 61 decade ago
Madam Im Adam!
Seems an appropriate but equally daft answer!
It's a pity 'palindromic' isn't true to its meaning.
- 1 decade ago
yeah its a palindrome.... dint find anything mysterious in dere !!