Wednesday Word Play: Palindromes
It’s time for more word play. Today we look at Palindromes! Palindromes are, of course, words, phrases, sentences, or numbers that read the same forward as backward.
First let’s have a little quiz to see if you can guess a few short word Palindromes:
1. The Middle of the day — ____________
2. A female sheep — ____________
3. Our body’s sight organ — __________
4. The sound a horn makes — ___________
5. Songs sung by yourself — ___________
6. A baby’s “food catcher” — ___________
7. Having to do with government or citizenship — ___________
8. A baby dog — __________
9. Something even or flat — ______________
10. What we often call Robert — ___________
I bet those were easy for you, but just in case you had trouble, here are the answers in order: noon, ewe, eye, beep, solos, bib, civic, pup, level, Bob.
According to wikipedia, “Composing literature in palindromes is an example of “constrained writing”. Gram and Imma are firm believers that playing with words is a great exercise for the budding writer and those whose pen has grown gray hair.
Here are a few examples of Palindromes to while away your play time today:
I’m sure a Democrat made this one up: Dubya won? No way bud!
A common one: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
Was it a rat I saw? Madam, I’m Adam Will a foe rise?
Rats live on no evil star Eva, can I stab bats in a cave? Evil Olive
Race car Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog!
Ma is a nun as am I A Toyota’s A Toyota Star Wars’ raw rats!
Never odd or even live not on evil
If I had a Hi-Fi May a moody baby doom a yam?
Race fast safe car.. we panic in a pew Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo.
I’m not sure what the deal is with palindromes and rats, but that’s another story.
From a great site called Fun With Words, I found these:
Word-Unit palindromes: (the words reverse, not the letters)
Kings, are you glad you are king?
Fall leaves after leaves fall.
Says Mom, “What do you do?” – You do what Mom says.” (Love this one :)
You know, I did little for you, for little did I know you.
First Ladies rule the State and state the rule: “ladies first.”
Please me by standing by me please
Blessed are they that believe they are blessed.
You can cage a swallow, can’t you, but you can’t swallow a cage, can you?
Did I say you never say “never say never”? You say I did.
For extra fun, this site also shows a Line-Unit Palindrome. (Lines reverse) This would be a great exercise if anyone would like to try it. Click on the links in this site to have more fun with words.
Do you know any palindromes you’d like to share? Do you know of other kinds of palindromes? If you decide to write a Line-Unit Palindrome, please leave a link so I can check it out. Be sure to check out the related article below – it’s amazing!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our play date today. I’m going to let Weird Al Yankovich sing us out with his palindrome song: Bob
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- A Palindrome: To Be Read Backwards (theurbn.com)