What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.
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I've been wanting to write this post for a while, because palindromes are so fun. In fact, my daughter's name is a palindrome: Hannah! Think you've figured out what palindromes are all about now?

(Grammar Rules for Writers.)

If not, no worries. A palindrome is a sequence of characters (in writing, it would be letters) that read the same forward as backward. In math, a number like 2002 or 404 would be a palindrome.

In the English language, we have a plethora of word examples that are palindromes.

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

Examples of Palindrome Words

Here's a quick list of some palindrome words:

  • Bob
  • dad
  • ewe
  • eye
  • mom
  • pop
  • poop
  • toot
  • civic
  • kayak
  • level
  • radar
  • Hannah!

But some people combine multiple words and even sentences as palindromes.

Here are some examples of palindrome phrases:

  • taco cat
  • race car
  • evil olive
  • pull up
  • Sir Tetris
  • "Code nine, Doc!"
  • "Madam, I'm Adam!"
  • A man, a plan, a canal: Panama

As mentioned earlier, palindromes are fun for the wordy-inclined. "Aha!" Now, you can follow the "liar trail" to the "top spot!" 

Have fun trying to puzzle out your own palindromes!

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