The English language amuses me.  Playing with words has always been a hobby.  I guess it’s no mystery that I turned out to be a writer, eh?  One thing that has always fascinated me is the Palindrome.

Palindromes are words and phrases that are spelled exactly the same going backwards and forwards.  Here are some of the more clever and famous in the English language:

Able was I ere I saw Elba.  (supposedly some of the last public words spoken by Napoleon Bonaparte–a myth, surely!)

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.  (attributed as a sort of slogan for Theodore Roosevelt and the great project of his presidency).

Some other more generic but also clever ones:

Never odd or even.

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

Won’t lovers revolt now?

Can you write your own palindrome?  I know I can’t!

More palindromes with amusing illustrations here.

If you are more of a numbers person than a word person, there are palindrome dates, as well.  Dates that can be written the same backwards and forewards.  Here’s a list of the palindrome dates for the next decade.  Apparently in 2018, my birthday will be a palindrome date!

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