Apocrypha A collection of linguistic apocrypha. 0 A collection of linguistic apocrypha. A proposal to make German the official language of the United States of America was defeated in Congress by one vote. The ‘middle finger‘ salute derives from the defiant gestures of English archers whose fingers had been severed by the French at the Battle of Agincourt. University researchers demonstrate the order of letters within words is unimportant to reading comprehension. The word “palindrome” is itself a palindrome because the word “emordnilap” is a word found in the dictionary. * Entries marked with an asterisk will display in a separate browser window.