A palindrome is a word, phrase, or a bit of doggerel, maybe even a complete (but usually nonsensical) sentence that contains letters that read the same frontward and backward. In other words, they are mirror-images of consecutive letters. Logophiles have been creating them for years and their results are both fun and oddly endearing. Peculiar too. I was first introduced to palindromes when I was given a small book of them called Lid Off a Daffodil. Get it? The only other one I remember is “If I Had A HiFi.” Here are ones I collected but I make no claim to coining them. I do not know who did so I claim no credit except for possessing the list on a legal pad that was buried in a box for decades.
Single word palindromes:
Doggerel and Phrases:
Go hang a salami I’m a lasagna hog
Egad alas a salad age
Pull up Bob pull up
A car a man a maraca
Sit on Otis
Won’t I panic in a pit now?
Was it a rat I saw?
Mr. Owl ate my metal worm
No sir a war is on
A tsar, a nun, a rasta
Stella won no wallets
Some men interpret nine memos
Too far a foot
Step on no pets
Was it a rat or a car I saw?
I am proud to supplement this list with the very witty work of an old friend named Howard Richman from Montreal. Each of these inventive palindromes is inspired by a verse from The Bible. Kudos to Howard!
Madam in Eden I’m Adam (Genesis 2 – The first man delivers the first pick-up line.)
Cain a monomanic? (Genesis 5 – Adam discovers that Cain has slain Abel in an early example of sibling rivalry.)
Was it Arart I saw? (Genesis 8 — On the 17th day of the 7th month of confinement with the odiferous beasts, Noah does a double take when the Ark comes upon the fabled Mount Ararat.)
Harass selfless Sarah? (Genesis 21 — Sarah gives Abraham an ultimatum: “It’s me or the handmaid.” Abraham chooses Sarah and extradites Hagar and Ishmael.)
Murder Ramses marred rum. (Exodus 7 – A livid Moses discovers that Pharaoh Ramses has tampered with his liquor supply and all he has left to drink is the less appealing kosher wine.)
Must I Moses omit sum? (Numbers 35 – Moses is told by his accountant that he can not deduct the cost of the tablets.)
Evil I did dwell lewd did I live. (Luke 7 – A contrite Mary Magdelene washes Jesus’ feet with her tears.)