Looking to have a little fun with wordplay? There are anagrams, puns, alliterations, metaphors, rhymes and so much more. Our favorite type of wordplay, though, is a tricky little thing called the Palindrome. You may have heard of the palindrome in February of 2020 as we had the first such date since 2011. Palindrome dates happen about once a decade (with the exception of the 2020s where we get two). But, what’s a palindrome, anyway?
What is a palindrome?
Words, phrases and even numbers can be palindromes and it’s something that reads the same forwards and backwards. Like 11:11 or, one of the most famous examples, Taco Cat. Ignoring punctuation, if you reverse the order of the letters in “taco cat,” it will still say “taco cat.” Pretty nifty, huh? Writing your own palindromes often feels like you need a specialized brain. It’s fun, but it’s not for everyone. However, the more you read palindromes, the easier they become to spot and create. We especially love some of the wacky palindrome sentences that already exist. We’ve collected a list of the best (and often funny or thought-provoking) palindrome sentences to be enjoyed and shared. Which are your favorites?
Pssst! Absolutely love palindromes? Here’s a list of palindromic baby names.
Simple palindrome sentences
1. Don’t nod.
2. Evil olive.
3. Amore, Roma.
4. Yo, banana boy!
5. Dammit, I’m mad!
6. Borrow or rob?
7. I did, did I?
8. Draw, O coward!
9. Wonton? Not now!
10. Never odd or even.
11. Step on no pets.
12. Live not on evil.
13. Rise to vote, sir!
14. Stella won no wallets.
15. Won’t lovers revolt now?
16. Delia saw I was ailed.
17. Too bad I hid a boot.
18. Red rum, sir, is murder.
19. Nate bit a Tibetan.
20. Ah. Satan sees Natasha.
Longer palindrome sentences and phrases
21. As I pee, sir, I see Pisa!
22. Sit on a potato pan, Otis.
23. A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.
24. Amy? Must I jujitsu my ma?
25. A nut for a jar of tuna.
26. Murder for a jar of red rum.
27. l lets Della call Ed “Stella.”
28. Oh, who was it I saw? Oh, who?
29. Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.
30. Pull up, Eva! we’re here! Wave! Pull up!
31. Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna.
32. Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside.
33. Was it a car or a cat I saw?
34. Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo.
35. Poor Dan is in a droop.
36. Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam.
37. Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
38. Ma is a nun, as I am.
39. Ma is as selfless as I am.
40. Did Hannah see bees? Hannah did.
41. Doc, note I dissent: a fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.
42. Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
And one that’s just a long list of names:
Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned.
Want to create your own?
There are so many aspects to consider when you are writing your own palindrome sentence. While most people focus on words that follow a CVCVC pattern (consonant vowel consonant vowel consonant – think: Kayak), it’s not always necessary. Words that have double-vowels in the center (noon, boob) can also be a palindrome. And, even then, they aren’t necessary. For instance, think of words that have dw and wd. If you can put “dwell” and “lewd” in the right spot, they can easily help you make the perfect palindrome sentence. More examples include words that start and end with: tr and rt or st and ts. Get it? Don’t try to completely write off your palindrome words, though. They make excellent placeholders in the center of your sentence. The list of palindrome words is fantastically long. These palindromes, though, might be the easiest to work with when creating your own sentences. Check ‘em out!
Fun fact: The world’s longest English palindrome sentence is 21,012 words. Yes, the number of words is also a palindrome.
Palindrome sentences in other languages
German — Trug Tim eine so helle Hose nie mit Gurt?
French — Engage le jeu que je le gagne.
Italian — I topi non avevano nipoti.
Spanish — Dábale arroz a la zorra el abad.
French — Tu l’as trop ecrase cesar ce port salut.
French — Ce repère, Perec.
Spanish — Ana lleva al oso la avellana.
Spanish — Amo la pacífica paloma.
Spanish — La ruta natural.