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I LOVE Palindromes

I love the word, "palindrome." I love how it rolls off of my tongue.

I remember learning the word when I was in the fifth grade. The whole idea of something reading or having the same meaning in either direction was fascinating to me. It excited me. I felt comfortable with recognizing patterns, even though they were not always easy to detect.

According to, a palindrome is defined as: A word, phrase, or number that reads the same backward or forward.

Phrases. Numbers. Symbols.

  • eye, level, radar, tenet, kayak
  • "Madam, I'm Adam." "Dammit! I'm mad!" "Live not on evil."
  • 323, 7227, 12321, 479974, 9148419
  • --!@#$%^& *+*& ^%$#@!--

Most often, I seem to notice numbers that are palindromes.

  • Totals when I'm shopping
  • My car's odometer
  • My Persona Paper coin stats (There is another with the word, "stats"!)

Even today, I am thrilled when I recognize them them, just as I was in fifth grade.

But you may have figured that out with my recently written, Palindrome Coinage.

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang.

Adapted article from original one written in 2013 and published on Bubblews, but since taken down by the author for re-submission.

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inertia4 wrote on July 5, 2015, 4:42 PM

It's like the band from the 70's that I always liked called ANGEL. Their logo design was made where you can read the word ANGEL either way. If you turned the logo upside down, it said the same thing the same way. I always found that cool.

CoralLevang wrote on July 5, 2015, 6:21 PM

Some of us are so easily amused and impressed! emoticon :winking:

inertia4 wrote on July 5, 2015, 8:40 PM

I am easily amused by lots of things. But I guess the mood as to accompany the amusement.

FourWalls wrote on July 5, 2015, 8:57 PM

Have you ever heard "Bob" by Weird Al Yankovic? The video ( ) is a parody of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." The lyrics are nothing but palindromes. Hope you enjoy it -- but, given this article, I'm pretty sure you will. emoticon :grin:

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 5, 2015, 9:31 PM

I clicked through and watched the video. I couldn't help it, I love Weird Al. It was a definite hoot.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 5, 2015, 9:32 PM

I seem to remember at some time in my far past a palindrome involving Napoleon and Elba but I can't recall the whole thing.

Paulie wrote on July 5, 2015, 11:01 PM

Believe it or not, I am learning a word today which you learned in the fifth grade. Thanks for sharing a great article!

LeaPea2417 wrote on July 5, 2015, 11:34 PM

That is interesting. I have always known the concept of that, but didn't know the actual name of it, Palindrome.

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:07 AM

Oh, my gosh, FourWalls ! I do not like Dylan, at all, and am not a big fan of WAY, though I can appreciate his skill for parody. THAT was brilliant.! Thank you for sharing it!!

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:12 AM

I seem to remember it though I think it's not really Napoleon's, as I seem to recall: Able was I ere I saw Elba.

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:13 AM

You are quite welcome, Paulie

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:14 AM

I loved words, as a kid, and now.

BarbRad wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:48 AM

I'm not good at making them. I'm better at recognizing them.

Mommyjen wrote on July 6, 2015, 4:05 AM

same here BarbRad

Mommyjen wrote on July 6, 2015, 6:00 AM

I only know quite a few and you've mentioned them all in your article :)

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 6, 2015, 10:26 AM

That is it. And you are probably right that Napoleon didn't say it. He would have said it in French and it probably isn't a palindrome in French.

cmoneyspinner wrote on July 6, 2015, 10:28 AM

Palindrome. Thanks for that quickie lesson. Learned a new word today.

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 11:22 AM

Likewise, BarbRad .

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 11:23 AM

MommyJen they are fun!
cmoneyspinner Glad to be of service! LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 11:39 AM

LOL True!

AliCanary wrote on July 6, 2015, 12:56 PM

Oh, now I'm seeing the everywhere, too! I remember two somewhat long ones: Napoleon's palindrome, "Able was I, ere I saw Elba", and "A man, a plan, a canal: Panama."

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 1:15 PM

I knew the first, reminded earlier in the comment thread... I'd not ever heard the Panama one.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 6, 2015, 4:38 PM

I'm like you: I delight in finding patterns of all kinds. Palindromes are great fun emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on October 8, 2015, 5:30 PM

Great fun, indeed!

Oh, how I miss you, Ms Ruby3881 !

MegL wrote on October 9, 2015, 2:15 AM

Ooohhh, I missed this one. I am glad you linked to it in a later post. I like palindromes too and it was in school that I first heard of them but always thought they were just letters. Didn't realise you could have a numeric palindrome too. NOT that I didn't know a number could read the same back and fore, just that I didn't know that that was ALSO called a palindrome.