What Are Palindromes?
They are words or phrases that read the same backward as forward.
The word "bib" is a palindrome for example, as is the
phrase "Madam, I'm Adam." Look carefully at the latter
and you'll see that the letters are in the same order in both
directions. The word, by the way, is derived from the Greek "palíndromos,"
meaning "running back again."
A List of One-Word Palindromes
Single words that are palindromes are relatively easy to find.
For example, to find the three-letter palindromes, just work
your way through the alphabet, placing each vowel between a pair
of each letter, to see if it is a word, or test the consonants
between pairs of vowels. Thus "a" gives us "aba,"
"aha," "ala" and the name "Ana"
(and a few more). "B" is good for "bob,"
"bib" and "bub."
It gets a little more difficult to find longer single-word
palindromes. It is much more difficult when it comes to phrases
or sentences, like the ones below.
A List of Palindrome Phrases
Borrow or rob?
A man, a plan, a canal--Panama!
Pull up if I pull up.
Step on no pets.
Ten animals I slam in a net.
Was it a bat I saw?
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
They are fun to read, but if you really want to exercise your
brainpower, try inventing your own.