Palindrome (Gk meaning ‘running back again’) is a word, number or sentence which reads the same both ways. Common words are: civic, level, minim, radar, rotor, madam, refer, wow, noon, etc. Examples of Palindrome numbers are 1881, 1221, 2002, 232,464, etc.
Famous examples of such phrases or sentences are:
- ‘Madam, I’m Adam’, to which the reply was ‘Sir, I’m Iris’;
- Able was I ere I saw Elba
- Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus;
- A man, a plan, a canal – Panama!;
- Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts!;
- ‘Deliver desserts’, demanded Nemesis, emended, named, stressed, reviled; (h)
- Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
- Was it a cat I saw?
The best-known collection of verses was that produced by one Ambrose Pampers in 1802. It consists of 416 palindromic verses recounting the campaigns of Catherine the Great.