Back Again: Meaning and Examples of Palindrome

Did You Know?

“saippuakivikauppias” is a Finnish word, meaning ‘soapstone vendor’. It is a 19-letter and the longest palindromic word to be used in everyday language. It is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.

A palindrome is a word or phrase, which can even be read backwards and still mean the same. For example, “kayak” is read as “kayak” when your read the letters from the right to left too. It originated in Greece and was coined by the English playwright, Ben Johnson, in the 17th century from the Greek word, palíndromos, which means, “running back again”.

The origin of palindromes can be dated back to 79 CE. The first palindrome that was discovered in the form of a graffito was, “Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas”. Records of palindromic words and phrases were also found in Sanskrit and Hebrew literature. Let us first take a look at some miscellaneous examples of palindromes.

Palindromes spelled backward, Semordnilaps, is a name that was coined by Martin Gardner for words that spell a different word in reverse order.

For example ― Stressed – Desserts, Star – Rats

Miscellaneous Examples of Palindrome

There are various types of palindromes, that include, word palindromes, phrase palindromes, number palindromes, name palindromes, and date palindromes. January 2, 2010 is a date palindrome. When used in mm/dd/yy format, the date can be given as “01/02/2010” and the date can be read exactly the same backward.

Even February 1, 2010 is a date palindrome when used in dd/mm/yy format. Another such date palindrome is “11/02/2011”.

A palindromic number is a number whose digits form the same number even when they are read backwards. Example, 25352, 141, etc. A palindrome is not limited to just numbers and words, and you will be amused to know that some people have palindromic names too!

Given here is a list of such famous personalities with palindromic names.

  • Nisio Isin ― He is Japanese novelist and manga writer.
  • Lon Nol ― He was the Prime Minister of Cambodia.
  • Robert Trebor ― He is an American character actor.
  • Revilo P. Oliver ― He was an American professor.

Examples of Palindromic Words

  • Pop
  • Alula
  • Radar
  • Deed
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Noon
  • Eye
  • Madam
  • Kayak

  • Racecar
  • Reifier
  • Rotator
  • Sexes
  • Tenet
  • Level
  • Aibohphobia
  • Civic
  • Evitative
  • Malayalam

Short Phrases

  • We sew.
  • Nurses run.
  • Yo, banana boy!
  • Never ever even.
  • Tell a ballet.
  • Do geese see God?
  • Never odd or even.
  • Step on no pets.
  • Murder for a jar of red rum.
  • Race fast, safe car!
  • Yawn a more Roman way.

  • Ya! Pizza zip pizazz! I pay.
  • God saw I was dog.
  • Was it a rat I saw?
  • So many dynamos!
  • “Rum… rum…” I murmur.
  • Pull up if I pull up.
  • Oh, cameras are macho.
  • Norma is as selfless as I am, Ron.
  • Tuna roll or a nut?

Long Palindrome Examples

✤ Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned!

✤ Do good? I? No! Evil anon I deliver. I maim nine more hero-men in Saginaw, sanitary sword a-tuck, Carol, I – lo! – rack, cut a drowsy rat in Aswan. I gas nine more hero-men in Miami. Reviled, I (Nona) live on. I do, O God!

✤ Name no side in Eden, I’m mad! A maid I am, Adam mine; denied is one man. Name not one man.

✤ POW, ami! O’ Gad, ami! Go hang a salami, doc! Note; I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod. I’m a lasagna hog. I’m a dago! I’m a wop!

✤ T. Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating, is sad. I’d assign it a name: gnat dirt upset on drab pot-toilet.

Once you notice that ‘decaf’ backward is ‘faced,’ it is but the work of a moment to invent the indignant complaint of a coffee drinker confronting the absence of regular coffee: ‘I faced decaf! I!!’ The same process yields a tailor’s cranky opinion, ‘Knits stink!’, and a travel agent’s apology to a volcanologist: ‘Avalon? No lava…’

Palindrome Word Squares




The list of palindrome examples is quite long, and the aforementioned are a just few of them. Hope you enjoyed reading these funny examples of palindromes. Oh wait! Don’t be so confused yet! We’re sure you wouldn’t be having Aibohphobia, the fear of palindromes. Yes, another palindrome!

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