by Matt Bramowicz
What’s a fun way to combine OCD with the written word? Palindromes! Not to be confused with the dark and depressing Todd Solondz movie, palindromes are words, phrases, or sentences that are spelled the same way forwards and backwards.
We are probably all aware of the classic examples from childhood, when that annoying friend who thought he had stumbled onto a language conspiracy would not stop repeating, “Did you know ‘race car’ spelled backwards is ‘race car’?” Or, even worse, “Hey Matt, ‘A man, a plan, a canal: Panama’!”
While palindromes are a fun way of annoying your friends, they can actually be pretty cool when you find new ones that make sense and are pretty clever. Even more fun is coming up with your own. Instead of filling out that Sudoku box on the train, why not try Palindromania! (Sorry, I’m trying to make it catch on).
Here are some palindromes you may or may not have seen before, but I found to be the most clever. If you know any others, feel free to add your own in the comments section.
A nut for a jar of tuna.
A slut nixes sex in Tulsa.
Dennis, Eve saw Eden if as a fine dew, as Eve sinned.
A Toyota! Race fast, safe car! A Toyota!
Amy, must I jujitsu my ma?
“Desserts, sis?” (Sensuousness is stressed).
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Borrow or rob?
Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.
Desserts I desire not, so long no lost one rise distressed.
Lived on Decaf; faced no Devil.
Devil never even lived.
Are Mac ‘n’ Oliver ever evil on camera?
Do geese see God?
Yo, bottoms up! (U.S. motto, boy.)
Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside.
Yawn…Madonna fan? No damn way!!
Erupt on Naomi? I moan, “Not pure!”
Ron! OH! Sex in a Toyota nixes honor!
Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?
Golf? No sir, prefer prison-flog.
I saw Ed under Deb’s bed; red, nude was I.
Lager, sir, is regal.