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word, phrase, number, or other sequence of units that may be read the same way in either direction

A palindrome is a word or a phrase that has the property of reading the same in either direction.  Spacing and punctuation do not matter.





  • Race Car
  • Able was I ere I saw Elba.
    • Apocryphal response of Napoleon when supposedly asked at St. Elba if he could have eventually sacked London
    • Quoted in Mark Twain, The Galaxy, Vol. 1, p. 439[1]
  • Madam, I'm Adam.
  • A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal – Panama


  • Si Nummi immunis.
    • Translation (by William Camden): Give me my fee, and I warrant you free.
    • Facetiously known as the "lawyer's motto"
    • Quoted in Mark Twain, The Galaxy, Vol. 1, p. 439[1]
  • Sator arepo tenet opera rotas.
    • Translation: The sower Arepo holds the wheels with effort.
    • Alternative translation: The sower Arepo leads with his hand (work) the plough (wheels).
    • Known as the Sator Square
    • Quoted in Mark Twain, The Galaxy, Vol. 1, p. 439[1]
  • In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni.
    • Translation: We go about in the night and are consumed by fire.
    • quoted in The concise Oxford companion to English literature, 2007

See alsoEdit


  1. a b c d Twain, Mark (1866). "Bosidevele No Droschdt". The Galaxy, Vol. 1. Google Book Search. Retrieved on 2007-10-03. Digital version: Twain, Mark (19 March 2007) [1866] (PDF). The Galaxy, Vol. 1. W.C. and F.P. Church (original). pp. 755 pp.. Retrieved on 2007-10-03. 

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