Monday, November 24, 2014

Fun With Palindromes

Here's something to spark your Thanksgiving dinner conversation!

Palindromes are words or phrases that read the same in both directions, e.g. EYE,or RACECAR, or MADAM I'M ADAM. Here are a few good ones:
  • Do geese see God?
  • Was it Eliot's toilet I saw?
  • Murder for a jar of red rum.
  • Some men interpret nine memos.
  • Never odd or even.
Palindromes have been used for centuries, going back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Here are the top 30 from the website Fun With Words

Don't nod
Dogma: I am God
Never odd or even
Too bad – I hid a boot
Rats live on no evil star
No trace; not one carton
Was it Eliot's toilet I saw?
Murder for a jar of red rum
May a moody baby doom a yam?
Go hang a salami; I'm a lasagna hog!
Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!
A Toyota! Race fast... safe car: a Toyota
Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Doc Note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod
No, it never propagates if I set a gap or prevention
Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna
Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
Kay, a red nude, peeped under a yak
Some men interpret nine memos
Campus Motto: Bottoms up, Mac
Go deliver a dare, vile dog!
Madam, in Eden I'm Adam
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
Ah, Satan sees Natasha
Lisa Bonet ate no basil
Do geese see God?
God saw I was dog
Dennis sinned

Do you have a favorite palindrome?

A native Montanan, Heidi M. Thomas now lives in North-central Arizona where she blogs, teaches writing, and edits. Her first novel, Cowgirl Dreamsis based on her grandmother, and the sequel, Follow the Dream, won the national WILLA Award. The next book in the series, Dare to Dream, and a non-fiction book Cowgirl Up! A History of Rodeo Women, have just been released. Heidi has a degree in journalism and a certificate in fiction writing.


  1. What fun, Heidi. I have not had enough coffee yet to get my brain to work, so I will have to think about this and come back later if I have time.

  2. Hear the sparking and smell the ozone? That's my poor, dyslexic brain short circuiting

  3. I always wonder what brilliant minds think up palindromes.

  4. Clever. Not sure I could create them.

  5. I don't think I could either, Diana!

  6. About the best my mind can do is numbers, and not long ones at that. The palindrome I recall from school when we learned what they are is "Able was I ere I saw Elba"


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