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  • Am I loco, Lima?[1]
  • "Bed stress!" asserts Deb[1]
  • Bombard a drab mob[1]
  • Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic[1]
  • Darn ocelots stole Conrad[1]
  • Deliver ere we're reviled.[2]
  • Diaper sin is repaid[1]
  • Did I draw Della too tall, Edward? I did[1]
  • Did I strap red nude, red rump, also slap murdered underparts? I did![1]
  • Dr. Awkward[1]
  • Draw putrid dirt upward[1]
  • Egad, a base life defiles a bad age[1]
  • Eh, Canada had an ache?[1]
  • Emil's slime[1]
  • Emit no tot on time[1]
  • E.T is opposite[1]
  • Feeble Tom's motel beef[1]
  • Gabe's a nosebag[1]
  • Gary knits a stinky rag[1]
  • He won a Toyota now, eh?[1]
  • I did roll. Or did I?[1]
  • I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori[1]
  • Lager, sir, is regal[1][3]
  • Mom's Dad? Dad's Mom?[1]
  • No, it is opposed, art sees trades opposition.[2]
  • No, it is opposition[1]
  • Oh, cameras are macho[1]
  • Pull up if I pull up[1]
  • Reviled, I wonder if I fired. Now, I deliver![1]
  • Stop! Murder us not, tonsured rumpots![1]
  • Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts[1]
  • Straw warts[1]
  • Young Ada had a gnu. Oy![1]
  • Drawn, I sit; serene rest is inward[4]
  • He did die, did he?[4]
  • Cain: A maniac!; or
    Cain: A monomaniac![6][7]
  • Campus motto: Bottoms up, Mac![6]
  • Draw, o coward![8]
  • Todd erases a red dot[9]

  • Draw, O Caesar, erase a coward.[7]
  • Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?[6]
  • Evil I did dwell; lewd did I live.[6]
  • Gate man sees name, garage man sees name tag.[11]
  • Golf? No, sir, prefer prison-flog.[11]
  • I, madam, I made radio! So I dared! Am I mad? Am I? - Spider Robinson[6]
  • Kay, a red nude, peeped under a yak.[6]
  • Lager, Sir, is regal.[6]
  • No, Mel Gibson is a casino's big lemon.[7]
  • No, it is open on one position.[11]
  • Plan no damn Madonna LP![7]
  • Poor Dan is in a droop.[11]
  • Pull up if I pull up.[11]
  • Some men interpret nine memos.[11]
  • Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus.[7] (W. H. Auden)--No, Leigh Mercer.
  • Tarzan raised a Desi Arnaz rat.[7] (Baby Gramps)
  • Was it a cat I saw?[6]
  • Yawn! Madonna fan? No damn way![7]
  • Yo Bob, mug 'o gumbo boy.[3]


  • Sex at noon taxes[9][12]: 38 
    • Anal sex at noon taxes Lana[12]: 329 
    • Dog sex at noon taxes God
    • Naomi, sex at noon taxes, I moan


  • A button, not tuba. (Daniel Roach)
  • A dad mod? No? Call a condom Dada.
  • Allude my wedded dewy medulla. (Michael Helsem=mrh)
  • A neb revels in Aegean isle verbena. (mrh)
  • A Pre-War Dresser Drawer, Pa!
  • A Mesa-El Paso Mimosa please, ma. (Steve McAllister)
  • Adam ran an armada.
  • Ah, a Mayan on a Yamaha.
  • Are we not drawn onward to new era?[6][11]
    • Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era? (Bill Bryson)
    • Are we not drawn onwards, we Jews, drawn onward to new era?[12]: 48 
  • As I pee, sir, I see Pisa.[11]
  • A Santa at NASA
    • A Santa deified at NASA[6]
    • A Santa stops spots at NASA
  • A six is a six is a six is a six is a...
  • Ate flab in nacho? Oh! Cannibal Feta!
  • A Toyota; race fast, safe car; a Toyota.
  • A Toyota slut racecar; Tulsa Toyota.


  • Bald elf fled lab.
  • Boss award I draw, as S.O.B.
  • Butt raft fart tub


  • Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.


  • Damn mad!
  • Delia sailed as sad Elias ailed.
  • Deliver files mad as a damsel, if reviled.
  • Denim axes examined
  • Desserts I desire not, so long no lost one rise distressed.
  • Desserts stress Ed
  • Did Harpo Marx ram? Oprah did.
  • Did I do, O God, did I as I said I'd do? Good, I did.
  • Didi won straw warts, now I did!
  • DNA-lyre, I felt senses nestle fiery land. (mrh)
  • Dog deifiers reified God. (Edward Fitzpatrick)
  • Done by AM? I may be. <nod>
  • Done now, as I saw one nod.
  • Draw a ward
  • Drawer reward
  • Draw pupil's lip upward.
  • Draw? No, onward!


  • Egad, alas! A salad age!
  • E-file: no evil to laff a lot, live one life.
  • Elapse day, Hyades pale. (mrh)
  • Elapsed odes pale. (mrh)
  • Em, nog on me?
  • Eros? Sidney, my end is sore.
  • Eva, can I harp on Oprah in a cave?
  • Evil I did. Did I live?
  • Evil olive.
  • Evil plan on Alp, live.
  • Evil satan oscillate my metallic sonatas live!
  • Evil; all its sin is still alive.


  • Feeble Tom's motel beef.
  • Feeler I was no fo(e), of on(e) saw I releef. (oldest p. in English, ca. 1600)
  • Flee to me, remote elf.
  • Flower ewer, a wan unaware werewolf. (mrh)
  • Fresh Caesar ever as each serf. (mrh)
  • From Nevada: Dave n' Morf.


  • Gödel—A math’s ash: tamale dog. (Daniel Gerling)
  • Goldenrod-adorned log. (Edward Fitzpatrick)


  • HANNAH: Apple ho, help! PA: Hannah?
  • Harris' nemesis i' semen, sirrah.
  • He lived as a devil, eh?
  • Here, re-cross sorcerer, eh?
  • He's mad no poll agreed deer gallop on dams, eh? (Ian Shadford)
  • H, Saddam: a mad dash!


  • I garble Babel, Bragi. (mrh)
  • I prefer pi.
  • In a regal age ran I.
  • I saw a Santa; at NASA was I
  • I saw I was I. (title of 2002 Austrian short film)
  • I saw not pews. Swept on was I.


  • L. A. cigar—too tragical (from Expiration Date by Tim Powers)
  • Lepers' boobs repel.
  • Lion oil
  • Live Evil (used as an album title by, amongst others, the metal band Black Sabbath and jazz trumpeter Miles Davis)
  • Live dirt up a sidetrack carted is a putrid evil.
  • Lived as a devil.
  • Live on, Time, emit no evil.
  • Look! O snow on! So kool!


  • Ma is a nun, as I am.
  • Ma, I see Siam! (Daniel Roach)
  • Mad Amadeus sued a madam. (title of book about palindromes)
  • Mail? I've stole lots. Evil, I am.
  • Marge lets Norah see Sharon's telegram.
  • Marge, let dam dogs in. Am on satire. Vow I am Cain. Am on spot, am a Jap sniper. Red, raw murder on G.I.! Ignore drum. (Warder repins pajama tops.) No maniac, Ma! Iwo veritas: no man is God. -Mad Telegram. (Roger Angell, according to Brendan Gill)
  • Mirth sift now, won’t fish trim?
  • Mirth, sir, a gay asset? No, don’t essay a garish trim.
  • Mom slaps pal’s mom. (possible newspaper headline)
  • Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.
  • Must sell at tallest sum.


  • Name no one man's sensuousness. Name no one man.
  • Named undenominationally rebel, I rile Beryl? La, no! I tan. I'm, O Ned, nude, man! (Cited by Martin Gardner)
  • Ned, go gag Ogden.
  • Neil A. sees Alien.
  • Never a foot too far, even.
  • Nidor of sagas for Odin. (mrh)
  • Night-omega, minimum in image: moth gin. (mrh)
  • No evil I did, I live on.(by Joseph MacLean)
  • No evil rats, Allah. Animals in Islam in a hall. A star! Live on!
  • No evil to laff a lot, live on!
  • No garden if a fine dragon. (mrh)
  • No lava on Avalon, no lava, no Avalon.
  • No misses ordered roses, Simon.
  • No mists reign at Tangier, St. Simon!
  • No pinot noir on Orion to nip on.
  • No sir, away! A papaya war is on.
  • No omen urn, I say, so rosy as in rune moon. (mrh)
  • No, son, onanism's a gross orgasm sin: a no-no, son.
  • Not a tub, but a ton.
  • Not now, wonton!
  • Now, I won!
    • Now, even Eve won.
  • Now, sir, a war is never even -- sir, a war is won!


  • Ode protocol: loco torpedo. (mrh)
  • O memsahib bart rabbi has memo (used in The Simpsons episode,Bart, the genius)
  • Oo! Doodoo!
  • Oh, camera! Spot-G, get it on now! Ici penis, Anne, e-porn stars, boobs, rats n' rope 'enna sin epic! I won no tit egg; tops are macho.
  • Oh, no! Don Ho!
  • O non-Arab, a bar a no-no!
  • On a clover, if alive, erupts a vast, pure evil: a fire volcano.
  • One Roman amore, no?
  • O no ... OK...Oy, liven-up, un-evil Yoko Ono.
  • Oops! Pup's poo!
  • Or fret to stir grits otter ‘fro.


  • Panic in a Titanic? I nap.
  • Palindromes should never be nonsense such as "sahcusesnesnon eb reven dluohssemo rdnilap"
  • Pee? Jesus! Use jeep!
  • Peel's foe (not a set animal) laminates a tone of sleep. (Lyrics from Kew Rhone)
  • Pope Wodwo, how do we pop? (mrh)
  • Pull up Eva, we're here! Wave! Pull up!
  • Put figleef on nude? ...Dunno, feel gift up.


  • Race car.
  • Race fast, safe car.
  • Raps clack calcspar. (mrh)
  • Rats drown in WordStar.
  • Rats live on no evil star. (from the novel Swords of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber)
    • Evil rats on no star live.
  • Rats paraded a rap star.
  • Raw bomb mob: war!
  • Read me opera rare poem, dear (Ian Shadford)
  • Red rose elf flees order
  • Red row order (Eric Fillmore)
  • Red rum, sir, is murder. (jal)
  • Rep aides process a passe corpse diaper.
  • Reified war--all its sides reversed--is still a raw deifier. (Daniel Gerling)
  • Reviled did I live, said I, as evil I did deliver.
  • Revolt if onward snug rajas kayak gnome-land --bologna venom mustard-- Drat! Summon Evan! Go lob DNA lemon 'G,' kayaks ajar, guns drawn, O fit lover. (Andy Adams)
  • Rise to vote, sir.
  • "Rum, rum," I murmur.


  • Sam, Xmas eve, Sam! Xmas!
  • Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas. (Stephen Fry). (or Stephen Chism)
  • Seva saves.
  • Sides reversed is (a useful phrase that can be slipped into the middle of some palindromic sentences)
  • Sip alone no lapis. (mrh)
  • Sir, I'm Iris.
  • Spit on no tips.
  • Splash at Utah's Alps!
  • Stars are era's rats.
  • Stack cans o' snack cats.
  • Stella won no wallets.
  • Stir grits!
    • Stir, gel, bible, gel, bible, grits!
  • Straw? No, too stupid a fad. I put soot on warts. (Leigh Mercer)
  • Stressed? No tips? Spit on desserts! (waitress's motto)
  • Sue, Zane—Lana, Dad, Mom—Jay, Amy, Maya, Joel, Noel—Mom, Darb, Dad, Nora(a bore) Rob, Aaron—Eve, Bob—Mom, Dad—Bob—Mike, Kim—Bob, Dad, Mom—Bob, Eve, Nora (a bore), Rob, Aaron—Dad—Brad—Mom—Leon, Leo, Jay, Amy, May, A.J.—Mom, Dad—Ana, Lena—Zeus!? (an awkward introduction) [Daniel Gerling]
  • Sunusu's tonsil is not Sununu's!
  • Sun at noon, tan us. (Andrew Harding)
  • Swap God for a janitor, rot in a jar of dog paws.


  • Tell a body - do ballet
  • Ten animals I slam in a net.
  • Tired nude man in a pajama I am, a Japan I named under it. (FDR)
  • To old Dallas, we Jews, all add loot. (J. Ramsey Michaels)
  • Tons o' snot
  • Too bad I hid a boot.
  • Too far, Edna, we wander afoot. (Bill Bryson)
  • Too hot to hoot.
  • Top drawer now! I won reward pot!
  • Tulsa slut.
    • Tulsa's mum's a slut.
    • Tulsa/Miami boob: I maim a slut.
    • Tulsa night life: filth, gin, a slut.[6]
    • A slut nixes sex in Tulsa.[6]


  • Viva le Tel Aviv! (Steve McAllister)


  • Was it Eliot's toilet I saw? (Bill Bryson)
  • We dew. (Eric Fillmore)
  • We, Jew. ([Sol Starling])
  • Wolf, I am a llama; I flow. (Liz Was)
  • Wo' Nemo toss a lasso to me now?
  • Wonder if Sununu's fired now?[13]
  • Won king is a sign I know. (mrh)
    • Won't cat lovers revolt? Act now!
  • Wonton? Not now.


  • Yawn I at Susan? Na... sustain way!
  • Yawn a more Roman way.
  • Yell "Avoid a radio valley!"
  • Yes, Mary Ramsey.
  • Yo, banana boy!
  • Yo, Jesus! Use joy!


  • Zoo, tot, God, men, oily L-draw. O Can-Am nite. Kansas, not in it. O Toto, tin it. On 's', a snake, Tin Man, a Cowardly Lion, Em, dog Toto: Oz.


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Sentences and phrases[edit]

  • A nut for a jar of tuna.
  • A Santa lived as a devil at NASA.
  • Dammit, I'm mad!
  • Dog, as a devil deified, lived as a god.
  • Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?
  • Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.
  • Not so, Boston.
  • On a clover, if alive erupts a vast pure evil, a fire volcano.
  • Was it a car or a cat I saw?
  • Madam, I'm Adam, or Madam in Eden, I'm Adam.

More palindromic phrases[edit]

(incomplete sentences)

  • A moral aroma.
    • Amoral aroma.
  • All: Edna, Aron, Bob, Nora, and Ella.
  • Dammit I'm mad!
  • Damn mad!
  • Dog God (Mark -- Shirleyville)
  • Dr. Awkward
  • Evil alive!
  • Flesh self
  • God damn mad dog!
  • Live evil!
  • Mr. Arm
  • Pots stop
  • Red ice; rare cider.
  • Red loft folder.
  • So many dynamos!
  • Space man name caps
  • Star rats
  • Rotary gyrator.
  • Taco Cat
  • Top Spot

Palindromic names of people[edit]

Other palindromic names[edit]

External links[edit]

Notable palindromic phrases in Spanish[edit]

Moved from the article, as the article is English-specific, like English-language idioms. BD2412 T 22:28, 18 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Palindrome Notes Source(s)
Anita lava la tina [1]
Dábale arroz a la zorra el abad [2]


  1. ^ "Palíndromos by Gabriel Zaid" (PDF).

Sourced palindromes mentioned in the main Palindrome article[edit]

It likely makes sense to include the example palindromes from the main Palindrome article that are discussed in secondary sources - e.g. some the candidates for "longest palindrome";

English palindrome sentences of notable length include mathematician Peter Hilton's "Doc, note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod",[1] and Scottish poet Alastair Reid's "T. Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating, is sad; I'd assign it a name: gnat dirt upset on drab pot toilet."[2]

And various others scattered throughout the article. BlackholeWA (talk) 01:10, 19 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit: I see now that these are in the list on this page, although it seems that there are sources attached via the original article. BlackholeWA (talk) 01:12, 19 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@BlackholeWA: I have added those two to the article, and correspondingly removed them from the lists on this page. Please feel free to add and improve as well. BD2412 T 01:19, 19 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ "Professor Peter Hilton". Daily Telegraph. London. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  2. ^ By Brendan Gill, published in Here At The New Yorker, (1997, ISBN 0-306-80810-2).