Puzzles, generally in verse, consisting of two words of equal
length. The initial letters of the several lines constitute one of the
secret words, and the final letters constitute the other word.
Also words re-arranged so as to make other words of similar
significance, as “Horatio Nelson” re-arranged into
Honor est a Nilo. Another form of
acrostic is to find a sentence which reads the same backwards and
forwards, as E.T.L.N.L.T.E., the initial letters of “Eat To
Live, Never Live To Eat;” which in Latin would be,
E.U.V.N.V.U.E. (Ede Ut Vivas, Ne Vivas Ut
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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