Thinking up words that read the same backward and forward, also known as palindromes, can be a fun brain teaser or way to test your creativity and writing skills. We came up with more than 50 palindromes of all sorts to help you get started!
Let’s start by highlighting some single-word palindromes, many of which you may not have realized are palindromes and are likely already a part of your everyday vocabulary:
The longest single-word palindrome in English is tattarrattat, which was coined by James Joyce in his groundbreaking novel, Ulysses, to imitate the sound of a knock on a door – also making it an onomatopoeia!
However, the longest single-word palindrome in any language is saippuakivikauppias, the Finnish word for a soapstone trader.
When a palindrome consists of more than one word, spacing, punctuation, and capitalization are typically ignored. Here are a few examples of multi-word palindromes:
And some examples of palindrome phrases and sentences:
I did, did I?
No lemon, no melon
Never odd or even
Step on no pets!
We panic in a pew
He lived as a devil, eh?
Sir, I demand, I am a maid named Iris
Now, sir, a war is won!
Won’t lovers revolt now?
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam
A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
Palindrome Names, Dates, and Numbers
Palindromes aren’t limited to just words; they can also be numbers (e.g., 1,234,321 or the palindromic prime, 191) and dates (e.g., the recent “twosday” on 22-02-2022) that read the same backward and forward.
There can be names that are palindromes, even some full names:
Mark Kram, a sportswriter most known for his boxing coverage
Sara Baras, a Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer
Stanley Yelnats, the protagonist in Louis Sachar’s novel, Holes
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