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  • oak

    “able was i ere i saw elba” my mom always attributed it to napoleon but i got nothing to back that up

    • Paul Arcand

      To oak:

      Napoleon did not say that because he did not speak french.

    • Paul Arcand

      What I meant wa s theat Napoleon did not speak ENGLISH. ]

      My mistake. Sorry.

  • Paul Arcand

    The most famous palindrome is when Adam met Eve he said: ” MADAM,I’M ADAM.

    Perhaps not the most famous but the first.

    • Craig

      It is unlikely that Adam spoke English either.

  • jason

    My favorite palindrome came from my 10th grade history teacher.

    A man, a plan, a canal: Panama

    • lawn

      A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal – Panama!

  • Dennis

    You would think that lists of “The Top Ten” this and that would (could) go on forever. Obviously I’m mistaken. seems to have hit rock bottom. This list wins the “boob” award.

    • Not for you, eh? We’ll keep trying, Dennis. Our goal is to keep you interested and coming back every day. Not everyone, just you. 😉

      • Dennis

        Many times I’ve said this or that list is great and well-written but if I think one is a dud (like this one), I thought I should be able to say so as well. I guess not.

        • cynthia

          yes you should be, these list’s have gone down hill man! I miss the bizarre and weird stuff!! who cares about Palindromes???

          • Cynthia, obviously this site is not to your high standards. While I will ignore your name calling (comment was deleted), I will take the high road and ask, what lists you would be interested in seeing. Any suggestions?

            And before anyone else roasts this list, it was written at my request. Blame me, blame me, not the writer. ::hiding my face in shame::

            Luckily it appears that a few people found it interesting.

          • Ken

            Dennis and Cynthia – neither of you run websites for a living, you both work 9-5 and very likely are living paycheque to paycheque. Don’t insult.

          • Ela

            I do! I generally like 2 out of 10 articles from every website with lists. But that’s OK. It’s unrealistic to expect every list to amaze you.

        • You did say so. And the comment was posted. Where’s the issue? Does my winky emoticon mean nothing?

          • Dennis

            Blame?–That’s a little strong-I don’t think anyone is blaming anyone. This is not an accusation. It’s not a civil tort to put up a silly list. Rob,Cynthia and I thought this list was lame (and it is) and opined to that fact. it would be pretty boring,it seems to me, to have a site like this where everybody was a “me too.” Controversy stirs interest. You also missed “boob” and “dud” in my comments.(What a sly person Dennis is and what a slow person the TopTenzMaster is)) (kidding) And no,you don’t have to thank me for putting life into your site.
            (Since I can’t display one,imagine a smiley face below.)

          • Dennis

            Ken-Why is it that those with the lowest IQ’s (such as yourself) always claim to know all about others? Now get out your 8X 10 glossy of Rosie O’Donnell and keep quiet while you’re drooling.

  • Apparius

    A man, a plan, a canel, panama.

    • Rob

      That’s good, like a palindromic title or chapter heading. Except you mispelt canal.

  • Rob

    Wow. I left the first post to this list and it said simply, “Stupid”, because that is what I think of this list. Now it’s gone. Good job mods. “Stupid” is so very offensive.

    I still think this list is stupid. I’m not in the habit of flaming people online, but this has got to be one of the most stupid lists. Half of the palindromes are obviously made up as they are completely nonsensical.

    • ?

      Methinks you know not what a palindrome is…”half the palindromes are obviously made up”…uh ya, how else does a palindrome come to be? In vitro fertilization?

      • Dennis

        I think what he means is the words are meaningless.
        “Swap God For A Janitor; Rot In A Jar Of Dog Paws’ may technically be a palindrome but what does it mean? Nothing.-It makes no sense-So these were obviously made up and I agree with Rob.

    • IF just writing “stupid” is the best you can do, then don’t post a comment. You can criticize, but put some thought behind it and explain your reasons. Next time think your comment through and make it worth reading. Just writing stupid, is well, stupid. And it will get deleted every single time. Just like writing fail will get a deletion.

      • Rob

        Did you read my entire new post? Obviously it was thought out. I even mentioned that I’m not in the habit of flaming people. I’m so sorry to have offended you, oh great Master.

        None of this has anything to do with the fact that this list is below the standards of the site, but, hey, at least you’re on top of weeding out comments you don’t like.

        So you’ve got that going for you.

        • Yes, this time you wrote more and the comment was left. So you have learned something; so you’ve got that going for you. I’m weeding out comments that don’t add to the list, such as your first comment. If I was deleting comments I don’t like, your last comment would be gone too. 😉

  • ?

    Well then Black&White City has two confirmed residents…

  • Mr F

    Was it a cat I saw

  • KAT

    PARTY BOOBY TRAP. best ev.

  • Jonathan

    I am a poet, wryter, and lover of language and I want to say that I love this list. Just because a list may not be to your liking does not necessarily make it a “bad list”. I found the list interesting, a little quirky and fun. TopTenz, keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jonathan. I love to write too and that is probably why I like this list as well.

      • Dennis

        i think you meant to say,’i love to wryte too’–Jonathan is a wryter.

  • Jonathan

    i am indeed a wryter. i have been a wryter for most of my life. It was a gift from God, because personally, i don’t think that “I” should be in the middle of “writing”! 😉

    • Dennis

      I agree–I draw and paint and I consider myself an artyst. But I have to go to the doctor now because I have a cist on my rear end.

      • Jonathan

        Well, that is par for course during a man’s lyfe cicle.
        I’d imagine that cist keeps you off your by-cicle
        You must train your body, Tri Tico
        if you “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”!
        Oh, why’d you have to DYE MYCHAEL!!!”

  • Guest

    I prefer palindromes where even the spaces and punctuation are the same both directions. Otherwise it’s kinda like cheating. My favorite: “rats live on no evil star”

  • ParusMajor

    -Madam, I’m Adam.
    -Sir, I’m Iris.

  • rex

    Thanks admin for the awesome list.I really enjoyed reading it.Palindrome was a new term for me.

  • thylacine

    I was sent here by a link that had a pic of a sign with this palindrome: Go hang a salami, i’m a lasagne hog. Pretty good.

  • David

    i have a whole book of palindromes. its called “SO MANY DYNAMOS” its got hundreds. including one that takes up a full page

  • Count Zargon

    Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.

  • MOrt Budentime

    My favorite is “Butt Tub”. It’s a tub for cleaning your butt.

  • Dennis

    All of the above palindromes are just a dab bad to me.

  • Bilbo Baggins

    Dammit I’m mad.
    Evil is a deed as I live.
    God, am I reviled? I rise, my bed on a sun, I melt.
    To be not one man emanating is sad. I piss.
    Alas, it is so late. Who stops to help?
    Man, it is hot. I’m in it. I tell.
    I am not a devil. I level “Mad Dog”.
    Ah, say burning is, as a deified gulp,
    In my halo of a mired rum tin.
    I erase many men. Oh, to be man, a sin.
    Is evil in a clam? In a trap?
    No. It is open. On it I was stuck.
    Rats peed on hope. Elsewhere dips a web.
    Be still if I fill its ebb.
    Ew, a spider… eh?
    We sleep. Oh no!
    Deep, stark cuts saw it in one position.
    Part animal, can I live? Sin is a name.
    Both, one… my names are in it.
    Murder? I’m a fool.
    A hymn I plug, deified as a sign in ruby ash,
    A Goddam level I lived at.
    On mail let it in. I’m it.
    Oh, sit in ample hot spots. Oh wet!
    A loss it is alas (sip). I’d assign it a name.
    Name not one bottle minus an ode by me:
    “Sir, I deliver. I’m a dog”
    Evil is a deed as I live.
    Dammit I’m mad.

  • Rahul

    With reference to MALAYALAM: I am among those 50 million who has Malayalam as mother tongue. I believe that people who are speaking Malayalam can be found almost in every countries. There is even a saying: “Wherever you go, you will find a Malayali”. I think in America itself there is lot of people who even are US citizens originally a Malayali. Check your neighborhood fella’s, there might be more than one Malayali families…… 🙂

  • Shawellaby

    Rats live on no evil star

  • Dennis Smith

    RISE TO VOTE SIR, that this is a silly list.

  • Vijaykumar Chalasani

    In a Sanskrit poem – Sishupala Vadha – “slayng of Sishupala” – the 27th stanza is an example of what has been called “the most complex and exquisite type of palindrome ever invented”, Sanskrit aestheticians call it sarvatobhadra, “perfect in every direction” — it yields the same text if read forwards, backwards, down, or up even diagonally:

    ????????????- ???????????? ?
    ?????? ??????- ???????????? ?

    sak?ran?n?rak?sa- k?yas?dadas?yak?
    ras?hav? v?has?ra- n?dav?dadav?dan?.

    sa k? ra n? n? ra k? sa
    k? ya s? da da s? ya k?
    ra s? ha v? v? ha s? ra
    n? da v? da da v? da n?
    (and the lines reversed)
    n? da v? da da v? da n?
    ra s? ha v? v? ha s? ra
    k? ya s? da da s? ya k?
    sa k? ra n? n? ra k? sa

    “[That army], which relished battle (ras?hav?) contained allies who brought low the bodes and gaits of their various striving enemies (sak?ran?n?rak?sak?yas?dadas?yak?), and in it the cries of the best of mounts contended with musical instruments (v?has?ran?dav?dadav?dan?).”

  • Dennis Smith

    This list is ridiculous. It would be far more civic to have a list about the sexes.

  • Vijaykumar Chalasani

    Dennis Smith – I fully agree with you. When I have a hard on, I do go a google for a related term and reach there. This is a wrong forum altogether for a list of sexes.

    • Dennis Smith

      Vijaykumar Chalasani

      How long did it take for them to get you out of Chernobyl after your brain melted. At least that’s what they’re saying on google so it must be true.

      • Vijaykumar Chalasani

        Are you out of Chernobyl already! Wow – I envy you man!