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Fun with palindromes

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Philip Maenza

A palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same forward as it does backward. The words a and I are perhaps the simplest and least interesting palindromes; the word racecar and the name Hannah are more interesting and illustrative.


• aibohphobia

• alula

• cammac

• civic

• deified

• deleveled

• detartrated

• devoved

• dewed

• evitative

• Hannah

• kayak

• kinnikinnik

• lemel

• level

• madam

• Malayalam

• minim

• murdrum

• peeweep

• racecar

• radar

• redder

• refer

• reifier

• repaper

• reviver

• rotator

• rotavator

• rotor

• sagas

• solos

• sexes

• stats

• tenet

• terret

• testset

Phrases and Sentences

• Draw, O coward!

• Draw pupil’s lip upward.

• Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside.

• Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?

• Evil did I dwell; lewd I did live.

• Gateman sees name, garageman sees name tag.

• Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog.

• Goldenrod-adorned log.

• Golf? No sir, prefer prison-flog.

• Harass sensuousness, Sarah.

• I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori.

• Laminated E.T. animal.

• Lay a wallaby baby ball away, Al.

• Lepers repel.

• Let O’Hara gain an inn in a Niagara hotel.

• Live not on evil.

• Lived on Decaf; faced no Devil.

• Lonely Tylenol.

• Ma is a nun, as I am.

• Ma is as selfless as I am.

• Madam, I’m Adam.

• Madam in Eden, I’m Adam.

• Marge lets Norah see Sharon’s telegram.

• May a moody baby doom a yam.

• Meet animals; laminate ‘em.

• Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.

• Murder for a jar of red rum.

• Never odd or even.

• No, Mel Gibson is a casino’s big lemon.

• No cab, no tuna nut on bacon.

• No lemon, no melon.

• No sir -- away! A papaya war is on.

• On a clover, if alive, erupts a vast, pure evil; a fire volcano.

• Party boobytrap.

• Poor Dan is in a droop.

• Reviled did I live, said I, as evil I did deliver.

• Rise to vote, sir.

• Saw tide rose? So red it was.

• Senile felines.­­­­

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