PALINDROMES IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
What are palindromes?
A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or sentence which can be meaningfully read in either direction.
Examples of Palindromes
madam – a word
never odd or even – a 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.
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.
It is the longest palindromic language-name, the mother tongue of the people of Kerala.
It is the longest palindromic place-name which is near Dillingham Alaska, USA.
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 that appeared in 1614.
Some common and frequently used Palindromes in the English Language:
Single Word Palindromes:
Phrases and Sentences Palindromes:
Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
I did, did I?
No lemon, no melon.
Red rum, sir, is murder.
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?