Wednesday, November 21, 2012


A palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same forward and backward. 

When deciding if something is a palindrome or not, punctuation is considered not to count. So, “Madam, I’m Adam” is allowed.
They can be quite simple—racecar, Hannah, eye, radar—or quite complicated: Go hang a salami. I’m a lasagna hog.
They can even be whole words: Women understand men. Few men understand women.

Possibly the best-known palindrome is, “A man. A plan. A canal. Panama.”

Palindromes were popular in ancient times. There’s even a 2D palindrome still around from Ancient Rome (see the graphic above).

Some people get excited about palindromic dates too. Like February 2, 2020: 02/02/2020.

The Simpsons did an episode on “Rise to vote, sir”. Feel free to have some fun designing your own.

Helen Woodall

Helen is available to line edit and/ or content edit fiction and non-fiction. Rates on application.


Anonymous said...

I love palindromic dates! There was one yesterday (mostly): 21.11.12

Unfortunately none of the word ones I've ever tried to think up make much sense.


Helen Woodall: Freelance Editing said...

Even if they don't make sense, it can still be fun trying!