https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Let's create some palindromes!

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Palindromes are words, phrases, and passages that are spelled the same forwards and backwards, like the word "Racecar".

The most famous palindrome I've ever encountered was "A man a plan a canal, Panama."

A locally famous one is "Yreka Bakery." (Though, I'm not in Yreka. It just seems to be one that everyone here knows.)

If you can't think one up on your own, feel free to share one you've encountered before. :)

Bonus points if you create palindromes for languages you're learning.

Tripple points for palindromes that mix languages. ;)

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I like this one: Aibohphobia. Funnily enough, it means "the fear of palindromes".

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Whoever coined that one was cruel.

(I had no idea fear of palindromes was a thing O.O)

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Yes, very cruel:D. There could very well be a fear for everything that exists, even if the word hasn't been invented yet.

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I think that the fear of everything is called panphobia.

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Oh, I meant that for anything that exists there could be a fear for.

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I think that's included in the old "Charlie Brown Christmas" special when Lucy is psychoanalyzing Charlie Brown.

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very very cool!

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Was it a cat I saw?

Murder for a jar of red rum.

Do geese see God?

Rise to vote, sir!

Dennis sinned.

Never odd or even.

Rats live on no evil star.

Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog! <--My favorite

1 year ago

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These are great, thanks everyone! I haven't had the best day but this helped cheer me up!

No lemon, no melon

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:) I'm glad it helped.

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that's a great collection!

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Impressie list! Did you create all of these?

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I've created three of them, the rest I found here and there. And I'm always on the look for more!

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https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Which ones did you create?

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5th, 6th and 7th. (These may already have been found by others)

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Nice!

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"Yo hago yoga hoy" (= I do yoga today, in Spanish)

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Extra points for being in a language you're learning!

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My favorite ones:

Russian:
А роза упала на лапу Азора.
Пустите! Летит супу миска Максиму. Пустите, летит суп!
Лёша на полке клопа нашёл!
Маловаты пока копыта волам.

Italian:
Amore, Roma.
Amo Roma.
Amo ridere di Roma.
Etna gigante!

Swedish:
Ni talar bra latin.

Dutch:
Kook ik ook?

English:
Eva, can I see bees in a cave? - Now I see bees, I won!.

Bulgarian:
Още нещо.
Спало коте ето колапс.

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I have to say the Swedish phrase the next time people stumble on their words in my Latin class. XD

Impressive collection of multilingual palindromes. :)

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Madam, I'm Adam!

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cool! I only knew the shorter version: Madam Adam

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https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Here's one in French: Engage le jeu que je le gagne. (Start the game so that I may win.)

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The Latin one: In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni. — We go in circles at night and are consumed by fire.
Latin is epic as always

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Scary!

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An appropriate one for DuoLingo: Mr Owl ate my metal worm.

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I know a few dutch ones; lepel (spoon) , kajak (kayak), koortsmeetsysteemstrook (fever measurement system strip)

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https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Wow, that last word is extremely long!

1 year ago

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Do those have English translations?

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Yes, but i'm not really sure about the last one.

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i topi non avevano nipoti

(Italian) = The mice didn't have nephews/grandchildren.

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The most (or even only) famous one in Greek is ΝΙΨΟΝ ΑΝΟΜΗΜΑΤΑ ΜΗ ΜΟΝΑΝ ΟΨΙΝ, which means 'wash (your) sins, not only (your) face': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipson_anomemata_me_monan_opsin.

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This historical palindrome is supposedly attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte and I am surprised it hasn't yet been mentioned:

Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba

There's a little of the context and perhaps a refutation as well as other palindromes listed here:

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/15/saw-elba/

Enjoy!

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Dang, I was gonna post this one! Glad to know I'm not the only one who'd heard it, though.

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https://www.duolingo.com/_Help

Hannah

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https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Or Anna.

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:) I love having a palindrome for a name!

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https://www.duolingo.com/_Help

:)

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Go Hang a Salami I'm a Lasagna Hog is a children's book filled with palindromes.

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https://www.duolingo.com/cROSEY.

Mom, dad, sit on a potato pan otis, A toyota is a toyota, Straw warts, Madam I'm Adam. BTW, 'tripple' is spelled triple.

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https://www.duolingo.com/LuisRamos709109

Ten animals I slam in a net.

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https://www.duolingo.com/En.Fugl

Great thread suggestion!

One in Danish: Du er Freud. (You are Freud)

For those who love palindromes I suggest "The Poinsonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. She has a character that speaks only in palindromes. It's great dialogue, but perhaps more incredible that the author was able to create such rich meaning out of palindromes.

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den kendte jeg ikke! Kingsolver er fantastisk god!

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I had to read that for my AP English Literature class. Adah is quite a intriguing character.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Follow the words, not the letters:

King, are you glad you are king?

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Is that still considered a palindrome? Or, is there a different name for it?

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https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Thanks for sharing!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Palindromes cam also be numbers. For example, 1111 808 1331 5775 101.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingoyes

Dates in numerical format can be palindromes as well, like 10.22.01, or October 22, 2001.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SemperDoctrina

Here's one of the longest ones where the author didn't try to make sense: http://www.palindromelist.net/longest/

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Wow. Whoever made that palindrome obviously had WAY to much time on their hands

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I wonder how they did that. They probably wrote the whole thing ends to middle letter-by-letter to make sure they could form coined words and abbreviations both ways.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SemperDoctrina

They probably just made a computer program that did it automatically. That's how most of the longest palindromes seem to be made now.

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I didn't realize someone had created a program to do it. That is unfortunate. For me, the awe of the palindrome isn't that it exists, but that a person conceived it.

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I agree!

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Wow!

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Some short ones I've encountered:

  • A Toyota

  • Taco cat

  • God's dog

  • Lwol owl (lwol is text for "laughing way out loud")

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I was looking at the comment section when I stumbled upon an interesting fact googling about palindromes:

"In English, two palindromic novels have been published: Dr Awkward & Olson in Oslo by Lawrence Levine (1986, 31954 words), and Satire: Veritas by David Stephens (1980, 58795 words). In French, Oulipo writer George Perec's "Grand Palindrome" (1969) is 5,556 letters in length. In Hebrew, Ghil'ad Zuckermann wrote a 153-word palindromic story called "Lear's in Israel.""

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O.O

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Sé verlas al revés. (Spanish) I know how to see them upside down.

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Νίψον ανομήματα μη μόναν όψιν.

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Trug Tim eine so helle Hose nie mit Gurt? Did Tim never wear such light pants without a belt?

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Romantic italian drama: “Avida di vita, desiai ogni amore vero, ma ingoiai sedativi, da diva” - Eager of life, I desired every real love, but I ended up swallowing sedatives, as a diva.

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another name for Eve is "Madam Adam"

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The unexpected things I learn on Duolingo!

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dowod ... this is in Polish

for the many palindromes

for Polish check this site.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:Polish_palindromes

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What does "dowod" mean?

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proof or evidence

as in dowod osobisty --- id card , proof of identity

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In English, I believe it has come through to us in the modern day as
endowed .
And in middle/old english was the word "dow" to mean
to be able to, to thrive; prosper; do well.

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thank you for the old English word

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and in Russian the word [dowod] (довод) means argument :)

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Wow - that leaves and interesting mind story for me, as to how proof and identity, could be associated with an argument ....

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This isn't a palindrome, but I always thought it was funny that my first name is mail backwards.

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Cool!

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I have one for you: Liam set a name, emanates mail

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I have always thought it was cool that my name is a palindrome.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Landwave

❤❤❤❤❤ trap party ❤❤❤❤

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:-| Not sure if I know any besides racecar...

But two of my friends' names are! Emme and Izzi. Woah, I just realized this!!! XD

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Senor dynamo see so many drones.

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Saippuakauppias is a pretty common Finnish one. It roughly translates to "soap salesperson".

Agglutination also can be used to create palindromes, like isänäsi (as your father).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chirelchirel
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Also innostunut sonni "enthusiastic bull" is a classic.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

A santa at NASA is the only one I've come up with so far

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

Eh, ca va la vache? (Eh, how is the cow?)
Does this count? It has 'Eh' in it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

Trace Warsaw as raw E-cart.
I know that makes no sense

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

Hey madam Yeh. (Yeh is a [weird] name, no offense if your name is Yeh)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

You really are one of the most interesting mods ever, Rabbit boy!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Thank you! :D

Getting to know my fellow mods has been a great experience. What people can see of us here is pretty limited. But, the mods I know best are really amazing people irl!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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PS The French palindrome, you added an equation but removed it. Was the equation accurate? If so, that was a really cool observation and I hope you put the comment back up. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

No, I did the equation wrong

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KwincyofKenya

TacoCat

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KwincyofKenya

"y" is "and in Español, right? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
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T. Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating, is sad. I'd assign it a name: gnat dirt upset on drab pot toilet.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/00Adrian

k

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hannah155416

my name is a Palindrome hannah

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anaya.Pedersen

hi

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