Let’s have some fun with words this week. We have all noticed unique words which read the same forward and backward. Common ones being Hannah, civic, racecar and radar. There are also sentences and phrases which result in this phenomena. Such anomalies are called Palindromes.

 

A palindrome is a word or a sentence that reads the same forward as it does backward. There is no upper limit to how long a palindrome can be. Some have written entire novels and poems in palindromic form.

 

In 1986, Lawrence Levine wrote a palindromic novel of 31,957 words, Dr. Awkward and Olson in Oslo. In 1980, David Stephens wrote a 58,000 letter palindrome “Satire: Veritas” in 1980.  “In Eden, I,” a poem by Richard Cox advances the traditional ‘Madam, I’m Adam‘ palindrome. Each line reads the same forward and backward. Here are some excerpts:

 

       “Eve. Drowsy Baby’s word. Eve

       Madam, I’m Adam

       Named under a ban, a bared nude man.

       Miss, I’m Cain, a monomaniac. Miss, I’m…

       Diamond-eyed no-maid!”

 

Whoever coins the words for phobias has got to be evil. Because Aibohphobia – the word for phobias of palindromes (yes, it’s a thing) is exactly that, a palindrome!

 

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite palindromes:

 

Just get them flying cars already

  • Are we not drawn onward to new era?

 

Such a profound confusion

  • Was it a car or a cat I saw?

 

Capital punishment for food I don’t like

  • Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog!

 

Bad Mr. Owl! Bad!

  • Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm

 

Lisa got no love for green veggies

  • Lisa Bonet ate no basil.

 

No one gives a hoot

  • Too bad I hid a boot

 

No, they still live in your basement

  • Rats live on no evil star.

 

Wise words palindrome

  • Live not on evil.

 

You’re selfless as Ma is.

  • Ma is as selfless as I am.

 

Dammit not again!

  • Dammit I’m mad  

 

So, there you have it, our chosen favorite palindromes. There are many more you can find. You can also create your own. Just gotta start playing with words!