Palindromes in English Language

   

COMMON PALINDROMES IN ENGLISH

 

What are palindromes?

 

          A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or a sentence which can be meaningfully read in either direction.

 

Examples of Palindromes

 

madama word

never odd or evena phrase

10801 a number

step on no pets a sentence

 

It is quite interesting and fun to learn about palindromes. Some facts about them are mentioned below.

 

Tattarrattat

It is the longest single word palindrome in the English language, appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary and coined by James Joyce in Ulysses (1922) for a knock on the door.  

Malayalam

It is the longest palindromic language-name, the mother tongue of the people of Kerala.  

Kanakanak

It is the longest palindromic place-name which is near Dillingham Alaska, USA.  

Saippuakivikauppias

The 19-letter longest known Finnish palindromic word which means “a dealer in caustic soda”.  

Lewd did I live & evil I did dwel.

This is said to the first palindromic sentence in English appeared in 1614.  

Some common and frequently used Palindromes in English Language:

Single Word Palindromes:

Anna Civic Deed Deified Eve Eye Kayak Level Madam Mom Noon Nun Peep Racecar Radar Redder Redivider Refer Repaper Rotator Rotor Sagas Solos Stats Tenet Wow  

Number Palindromes:

10801 5885 191 313  

Name Palindromes:

Hannah Ada Anna Bob Nitin Otto Lon Nol Nisio Isin  

Phrases and Sentences Palindromes:

Don’t nod. Eva, can I see bees in a cave? I did, did I? My gym. No lemon, no melon. Red rum, sir, is murder. Top spot. Live not on evil. Madam, I’m Adam. Never odd or even. No ‘x’ in Nixon. A man-a plan-a canal-Panama! Able was I ere I saw Elba. Did Hannah see bees? Hannah did! Did I one take Kate? No, I did. Emil asleep, Hannah peels a lime. Eva, can I stab bats in a cave? I roamed under it as a tried, nude Maori. No misses ordered roses, Simon. No mists reign at Tangier, St Simon! Sit on a potato pan, Otis. Step on no pets. Too bad I hid a boot. Was it a car or a cat I saw? Doc, note. I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.  

Palindromes by whole words:

Sometimes palindromes use whole words instead of individual letters. Here the total sentence contains the words which are the same even if you reverse their order.

  First ladies rule the State and state the rule: ladies first. So patient a doctor to doctor a patient so! You can cage a swallow, can’t you, but you can’t swallow a cage, can you? God knows man. What is doubtful is what man knows God. Women understand men; few men understand women. Bores are people that say that people are bores. King, are you glad you are king? What! So he hanged, is he? So what?