Appendix:Palindromic phrases

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This article lists examples of palindromic phrases and longer constructions in a variety of languages. For single-word palindromes see Appendix:Palindromic words.

Symmetry by characters[edit]


  • Able was I ere I saw Elba.
  • A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.
  • Doc, note, I Dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.
  • Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned.
  • I made border bard’s drowsy swords; drab, red robed am I.
  • Name no side in Eden, I’m mad! A maid I am, Adam mine; denied is one man.
  • Madam, I’m Adam.
  • Rats live on no evil star.
  • POW, ami! O’ Gad, ami! Go hang a salami, doc! Note; I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod. I’m a lasagna hog. I’m a dago! I’m a wop!
  • Nurse, I spy gypsies run.
  • Lion oil.
  • Dog's god.
  • Degas, are we not drawn onward, no? In union, drawn onward to new eras aged?
  • God’s dog.
  • Live evil.
  • Rise to vote, sir.
  • Too hot to hoot.
  • Dennis and Edna sinned.
  • Was it a cat I saw?
  • Was it a car or a cat I saw?
  • Evil olive
  • Dammit I'm mad
  • Racecar
  • Taco cat
  • Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas
  • Step on no Pets
  • A butt tuba
  • On a clover, if alive, erupts a vast pure evil; a fire volcano
  • Ten animals I slam in a net
  • Sit on a potato pan, Otis.


  • Je hero Belul ti shit lulebore hej - You are hero Belul you sale snowdrop
  • Emir un'e takova avokaten. Urime! - Emir I meet advocate. Congratulations!
  • Na u rrit Emi, qimet i rruan. - Emi has grown, shaves hair.
  • Seç i numëronin orë mu Niçes. - They were counting Niçe's (Nietzche's) hours.


  • ربك فكبر : Proclaim the greatness of your Lord. (Qur'an 74:3)
  • كل في فلك: Each in an orbit. (Qur'an: 36:40)
  • كبرت آيات ربك The words of your Lord are great
  • زوج عجوز : Old Husband.
  • سر فلا كبا بك الفرس : May your horse not stumble whilst you ride it.
  • كمالك تحت كلامك : Your integrity is beneath your talk.
  • بلح تعلق بقلعة حلب : There are dates (a kind of fruit) hanging in the Aleppo Citadel.
  • دام علا العماد : May his highness ‘Emad’ last for ever.
  • حصان ناصح : Smart horse.
  • بكر معلق بقلع مركب : ‘Bakr’ is suspended by a complex structure.
  • مودته تدوم لكل هول و هل كل مودته تدوم : His style lasts through all horrors, and does every style last?


  • А гора падала да парога: "And mountain was falling to threshold."
  • А мара ліпы — піларама: "And the dream of a linden is power-saw bench"
  • Мала кашы шакалам: "There is not enough porridge for jackals."
  • Я — сіла. Маліся!: "I'm the power. Pray!"


  • Аз обичам мач и боза: "I love matches and boza"
  • Дебел араб и ебе, и бара лебед: "Fat Arab fucks and touches a swan"
  • анархия и храна: "anarchy and food"
  • Нещо метълът е мощен: "Metal music is mighty"
  • А дават хубава лилава бухта в ада: "And they give you a nice purple muffin in hell"
  • Насила закараха свинете ни в Сахара, каза Лисан: "They took our swine to Sahara by force, Lisan said"
  • Дебел лебед: "Fat swan"


  • Català, a l'atac!: "Attack, Catalan!"
  • Senén té sis nens i set nenes: "Senén has six boys and seven girls"
  • No sap pas on: "He doesn't know where"
  • S'és o no s'és: "To be or not to be" (lit. "one is or one is not")
  • I ara calla, carai!: "And now shut up, shit!"
  • La ruta natural: "The natural route"
  • És així, ase!: "It is this way, you silly!"
  • Tramaran anar a Mart: "They had planed to go to Mars"


  • 我愛媽媽,媽媽愛我: "I love Mom, Mom loves me"
  • 客上天然居,居然天上客.
  • 人過大佛寺,寺佛大過人: "A man walks past the Big Buddha Temple; the temple's Buddha is bigger than a man"
  • 人人為我,我為人人: "Everybody cares about me, I care about everybody" or more simply, "All for one, one for all"
  • 船上女子叫子女上船: "The woman on the boat is calling her children to go onboard" --- copy from 回文遊戲 (Palindrome Games)
  • 上水居民居水上: "Inhabitants in Sheung Shui live on the water"
  • 上海自来水来自海上: "Tap water in Shanghai is from the sea."
  • 马上上马: "Immediately get on a horse."


  • A Baraba? – And Barabbas?
  • A čaj jača. – And tea makes you stronger.
  • A mene tu ni minute nema. – And I wasn't here for a minute.
  • A peta baba tepa. – And the fifth crone is babbling.
  • A riba bira. – And a fish is choosing.
  • Al' eto, Kate mi imetak otela. – But Kate has stolen my possession.
  • Aci kokica. – A small hen to Aco.
  • Aci purica ili Aci rupica. – A small turkey to Aco or a small hole to Aco.
  • Acina Anica. – Aco's Anica.
  • Ana nabra par banana. – Ana harvested a couple of bananas.
  • Ana voda Radovana. – Ana walks Radovan.
  • Ana voli Milovana. – Ana loves Milovan.
  • Anja sebe sanja. – Ana is dreaming of herself.
  • Anja voli milovanja. – Anja likes petting.
  • Arap para. – An Arab is ripping.
  • Aroma mora. – Flavour of the sea.
  • As osoli lososa. – The ace has salted a salmon.
  • Avda tera jareta dva. – Avda drives two young goats.
  • Daj Ivoni novi jad. – Give Ivona a new sorrow.
  • E sine, ženi se! – Son, get married!
  • Edo gaji jagode. – Edo grows strawberries.
  • Ele žele žele. – Ellas want jelly.
  • Enise, sine! – Enis, my son!
  • Ero ratar ore. – The farmer Ero is ploughing.
  • Evo love! – Here's the money!
  • Evo sada sove. – Here's an owl now.
  • Evo vidi divove. – Here look at the giants.
  • I Ćiri papirići. – Small papers to Ćiro also.
  • I Job boji. – Job is also painting.
  • I lipu pili. – He/she also saws a lime tree.
  • I lovu voli. – He/she loves money too.
  • I Ljubo bulji. – Ljubo is also staring.
  • I Maru urami. – Also put Mara in a frame.
  • I miš uz'o lozu Šimi. – And a mouse took grape brandy from Šime.
  • I on ukrao arku Noi. – And he stole the ark from Noah.
  • I tele ne leti. – A calf doesn't fly too.
  • Ida super repu sadi. – Ida plants super turnip.
  • Ide Neven Edi. – Neven goes to Edo.
  • Ideje jedi! – Eat ideas!
  • Idemo medi. – Let's go to the teddy bear.
  • Idi, Milane, na Lim, idi! – Milan, go to (the river of) Lim, go!
  • Idu ljeta, pate ljudi. – Years pass, people suffer.
  • Imaju Arapi i para u jami. – Arabs have also money in the hole.
  • Imamo ono o mami. – We have that thing about mom.
  • Ivo, gore rogovi! – Ivo, the horns are burning!
  • Ivo puru povi. – Ivo bandaged a turkey.
  • Izo vozi. – Izo drives.
  • Jači pop popi čaj. – Stronger priest has drunk a (cup of) tea.
  • Kaj sir ima miris jak! – What a strong smell has the cheese!
  • Kamen nema k? – Stone doesn't have a (letter) k?
  • Kata bi i batak. – Kate would also like a drumstick.
  • Kuma pali lila pamuk. – Godmother burns violet cotton.
  • Kuma pere pamuk. – Godmother washes cotton.
  • Kupili puk. – They bought common people.
  • Lomi mol. – It breaks the wharf.
  • Mače jede ječam. – A young cat eats barley.
  • Medeja, ja jedem! – Medeja, I'm eating!
  • Na Limu Milan. – Milan (is) on (the river of) Lim.
  • Na pužu župan. – The county head is on the snail.
  • Nadan Ivi kivi na dan. – Nadan (gives) a kiwifruit per day to Ivo/Iva.
  • Nakrao Arkan! – Arkan has stolen a lot!
  • Navi uru Ivan. – Ivan wound a clock.
  • Nema Kata kamen. – Kate doesn't have a stone.
  • Nema pop amen. – A priest doesn't have an amen.
  • Oko Ana jaja na oko. – (There are) fried eggs around Anas.
  • One mu režu uže rumeno. – They are cutting him the reddish rope.
  • Ore, pili mili Pero. – Dear Pero plows and saws.
  • Oruđa doda Đuro. – Đuro passes tools.
  • Otu auto. – A car to Oto.
  • Ovo je muka kume Jovo. – This is a passion, godfather John.
  • Perica reže raci rep. – Perica is cutting the duck's tail.
  • Robi ti kiti bor. – Robbie is decorating the pine tree for you.
  • Ružan Edo ode na žur. – Ugly Edo has gone to a party.
  • Sava zidar radi za vas. – Sava the mason works for you.
  • Šuti Tituš. – Tituš is silent.
  • Tupan Edo ode na put. – Stupid Edo has gone to a trip.
  • U maju udovica baci vodu u jamu. – In May a widow throws water in a pit.
  • U Rabu Ivan uru navi u baru. – In (the city of) Rab Ivan wound a clock in a bar.
  • U Rami Dora rodi Maru. – In Rama Dora bore Mara.
  • U Rimu idu ljudi u miru. – In Rome people go in peace.
  • U Rimu imami umiru. – Imams die in Rome.
  • U Šidu Alen i Nela udišu. – In Šid Alen and Nela inhale.
  • Udari ratar i Radu. – The farmer hit Rada also.
  • Uguraj u jarugu. – Push it into a ravine.
  • Ujak ima radar, a mi Kaju. – The uncle has a radar, and we have Kaja.
  • Ujedi ideju! – Bite an idea!
  • Ukinuti tuniku! – Ban tunic!
  • Voli li lov? – Does he/she like hunting?


  • Kobyla má malý bok: "A mare has a small hip/flank"
  • Jelenovi pivo nelej: "To a deer, don't pour beer"
  • Nevypusť supy ven: "Don't let the buzzards out!"


  • En af dem der red med fane: "One of those who rode with a flag"
    • Derivate: En af dem der nedrev Sannas verden, red med fane; "One of those who demolished Sanna's world, rode with a flag"
  • Gid da den dame så de sørens asner øse dåsemad ned ad dig: "If only that lady saw those darned bastards pour canned food over you"
  • Skal Eva have laks?: "Does Eva want salmon?"
  • Da den netop retter poten nedad: "Because it happens to be pointing its paw downwards"
  • Amok-igle redder elg i koma: "Amuck-leech saves moose in coma"
  • Du låner en ål ud.: "You lend an eel"
  • Du er Freud: "You are Freud"
  • Vær dog god, ræv!: "Be good now, fox!"
  • Se så, René, smid du nu den røde messing-nisse med ørnedun ud, dimsen er Åses.: "Look René, throw that red brass elf with eagle's down [i.e. small feathers] out. The thing is Åse's."
  • Voksne irere dividerer i en skov: "Grown-up Irishmen are dividing [i.e. math] in a forest."
  • Gid ræven var stedets ravne værdig: "If only the fox were worthy of the local ravens."

(See [1])


  • Nelli plaatst op 'n parterretrap 'n pot staalpillen "Nelli places a jar of iron pills on a stairway from the ground floor"
  • Baas, neem een racecar neem een Saab "Boss, use a racecar, use a Saab"
  • Mooie zeden in Ede zei oom "Nice customs in Ede said uncle"


  • Ne mateno, bone tamen: "Not morning, it's good however."
  • Oni ludis. Nu, kiu ne emus sume enui, kunsidulino?: "People played. Well, who wouldn't have a tendency to bore all in all, meeting lady?"
  • Ora trovo: vortaro!: "Golden find: dictionary!"
  • Sane volema kara rara kamelo venas.: "A healthily wishful dear rare camel is coming."
  • Oj! ululu lune, sori el amo. Dido, male, iros en ulululujo: "Oh! howl moonly, to soar out of love. Dodo, on the contrary, will go into howlpersonreceptacle." (mrh)


  • Aias sadas saia: "It rained white bread in the garden."
  • Illar Annok ajas alla saja konna ralli : Illar Annok (Estonian name) drove over a hundred frogs' race.
  • Aja rajaja raja: "The boundary of the founder of time"
  • Maa ja jaam: "Land and station"
  • Munaanum: "Egg vessel"
  • No nisu ajaja usin on!: "Well, it is the wheat driver that is hard-working!
  • No sees on!: "Well, it's inside!"
  • Reo kanakoer: "Rogue hen-dog"
  • Sealuu laes: "The pig's bone in the ceiling"
  • See uus selles suu ees.: "This new one is there, in front of the mouth."
  • Soolaja ajaloos: "Salter in the history"
  • Kuulilennuteetunneliluuk: "Bulletflightwaytunnelhatch"

Finnish (Suomi)[edit]

  • Anna ne! En anna! "Gimme those! No, I won't!"
  • Aatu osaa soutaa "Aatu can row"
  • Isorikas sika sökösakissa kirosi: "Filthy rich pig cursed in a stud poker gang"
  • Oi Dario, soi radio! "Oh Dario, hear the radio!" (alternatively "Oh Dario, plays the radio")
  • Ana, kanna kana: "Ana, carry the chicken"
  • Anna, Enok, sytytyskone, anna! "Give me the detonator, Enok, will you!"
  • Halla iski - miksi, Allah? "Frost struck - why, Allah?"
  • No Allah, halla on: "Well, Allah, it's frost."
  • Teit tiet "You made the roads"
  • Isyys! Iloitkaamme? Emma, akti oli syysi!: "Fatherhood! Delighted to hear that? Emma, the intercourse was all your fault!"
  • Neekeriväki siivosi, ilo oli iso, viisi kävi rekeen.: "The negro folk cleaned up, there was much joy, five went into the sleigh." (Note that this might not be politically correct any more.)
  • Tanu maalasi salaa munat: "Tanu painted the eggs in secrecy"
  • Ei Vääksy yskää vie: "[Visiting] Vääksy won't cure cough"
  • Aatto - saa taas ottaa "It's eve, it's time of drink again"
  • Nelli kusi sukillen "Nelli peed on her socks
  • Äiti, en iske seksineitiä "Mom, I won't pick the sex-lass
  • Nisumaa oli isäsi ilo aamusin "Wheatfield was your dad's joy on mornings
  • Alli pamautti v*ttua mapilla "Alli slammed the c*nt with a folder"
  • No, Oiva avioon! "Okay, let's get Oiva married"
  • Naamat hohtamaan! "Let's get the faces shiny!".
  • Atte vanno: on navetta "Atte swore: it's a cowsty"
  • Asa, Marimekko, SOK, Kemira, Masa (a list of Finnish corporations)
  • Motellista fiksu kuski Fatsille. Tom! "Get Daddy-O a smart driver from the motel. Tom!"
  • Aukustille ei lie ellit sukua? "You chicks ain't related to Aukusti, are you?"
  • Teetin Ellulle niteet "I had the books made for Ellu"
  • Hupaisa asia, Puh. "Funny thing, Pooh"
  • Alle sata satsia maista satasella "Get to taste less than 100 sets by a hundred bill"
  • Aasia riipii Raisaa "Asia bugs Raisa"
  • Alpo, kasaa Asa-kopla "Alpo, get the Asa gang together!"
  • Niilo, pirtu Tripoliin "Niilo, get the moonshine to Tripoli!"
  • Aparaattia haittaa rapa "The apparatus is slowed down by mud"
  • Amurissa hiipii Hassi ruma "Ugly Hassi stalks in Amuri" (This is a VERY politically incorrect joke - it refers to Greem party leader Satu Hassi and district Amuri in Tampere, where she lives)
  • Tillikassa (kapakassa) killit "Lads in (joint) Tillikka" (a famous restaurant in Tampere)
  • Ulla ja akat, Aakelle kaatakaa jallu "Ulla and cronies, get a brandy to Aake!"
  • Timantit otit, otit namit "The diamonds you took, you took the sweets"
  • Auta, satuta Satua "Help, hurt Satu"
  • Anomus: oo sumona "Proposal: be a sumo"
  • Allia niistät Siinailla "Sneezing Alli at Sinai"
  • Niiloni, Sinatra pani aina partani Sinoliin "Oh my Niilo, Sinatra dipped my beard always in Sinol"
  • Ollako vai ei, avokallo? "To be or not, crackskull?"
  • Olet isä, äläpä käpälääsi telo "You're father, so don't get your paw maimed"
  • Suruasussa hassu saurus "Funny saurian in mourning dress"
  • Melko siisti vitsi, iso Klem "Quite a neat joke, Big Klem"
  • Olat ravista, natsivartalo "Shake your shoulders, nazi-body"
  • Nuuka, taas Kamu maksaa takuun "Cheapskate, again your Pal will pay the bail"
  • Ile, makaa kameli "Go sleep with a camel, Ile"
  • Ikävä käräjä; räkäväki "Nasty lawsuit; snotty people
  • Epävakaa, raaka Väpe "Unstable and brutal Väpe" (Note: väpe is short from vääpeli, staff sergeant).
  • Motivaatiot toi Taavi, Tom "Motivation brought by Taavi and Tom
  • Alaoksalla mallaskoala "Malt koala on lower branch"
  • Kääkättää Pete päättä: "Kääk!" "Quacks Pete without head: Quack!"
  • Alavin ei lie Nivala "Nivala (county in Pohjanmaa) isn't the most plateau-ish?"
  • Ai! Miksi akku tukka iski, Mia?: "Ouch! Why did battery hair strike me, Mia?"
  • Atte-kumiorava, varo imuketta!: "Rubber squirrel Atte, beware the cigarette holder!"
  • Avut noutaa Aatu ontuva "Limping Aatu retrieves the aides"
  • Nunna, hyvä sinisävy Hannun "Nun, see how nice blue shade has Hannu"
  • Alla kiusaa jakajaa suikalla "Alla teases the dealers with a kepi"
  • Nipottavat tapattavat Topin "Nit-pickers will get Topi killed"
  • Elli, luu huulille* "Elli, get the bone on your lips"
  • Napostelet sopan "You enjoy the soup"
  • Aloha oe, Leo Ahola (actually in Hawaiian; Leo Ahola is a Finnish name)
  • Aino kaataa konia "Aino is felling the nag"
  • Iloitsee ori, vapaa maapa Viro - Eesti oli "Happy is the stud, as free country again Viro (Estonia) was"
  • Autoradalta tapatat Lada-rotua "You get the Lada-people slain at racetrack"
  • Aloite:: pese peti, Ola!" "Initiative: cleanse the bunk, Ola!"
  • Oli nunna Hannun ilo "The nun wasw Hannu's joy"
  • Aleksilla kallis kela "Aleksi's fishing reel is expensive"
  • Siestat seis ! "Quit having those siestas NOW!"
  • Risoiko Tokio, Sir ? "Did Tokyo bug you, Sir?"
  • Tunisian akka nai sinut The Tunisian broad will marry you"
  • Aino, stop: otsonia ! Aino, stop - its ozone out there!"
  • Aatu futaa! "Aatu kicks!" (alternatively: Aatu rocks! or Aatu kicks ass!)
  • Säkylän Oili on älykäs "Oili of Säkylä is intelligent"
  • No, ajokkirikkoja on "Well, he is a vehicle-wrecker"
  • Sakari-rakas "Dear Sakari"
  • Neulo taas, saat oluen "Sew again, please - you'll get a beer"
  • Akin omi Monika "Aki was owned by Monika"
  • Kas, kisaaja ajaa siksak! "See, the contestant is driving zigzag!"
  • Onassis, sano! "Say, Onassis!
  • Ajaja naisasian: naisasianajaja "The advocate of women's issue: female barrister"
  • Innostunut sonni: "eager bull"
  • Neito sotien: "The lady of the wars"
  • Tissit, tosi isot tissit: "Boobs, very big boobs"
  • Naku sika haki sukan: "Naked pig get a sock"
  • Saippuakauppias: "Soap dealer"

The comedic ensemble Alivaltiosihteeri (literally: "State Undersecretary") has composed whole books of palindromic poems.


  • À Laval, elle l'avala. (In Laval, she swallowed it)
  • À l'étape, épate-la ! (-Louise de Vilmorin) (At next stop, show her off!)
  • Bon sport, trop snob (good sport, too snob)
  • Eh, ça va la vache ? (-Louise de Vilmorin) (Hey, how is it, cow?)
  • Élu par cette crapule. (Elected by that toad)
  • Émile Éric, notre valet, alla te laver ton ciré élimé. (Émile Éric, our valet, went to wash your slimy jacket)
  • Engage le jeu, que je le gagne ! (kick off the game, so that I win it)
  • Ésope reste ici et se repose. (Aesop stays here and rests)
  • Et la marine va, papa, venir à Malte (And the ships will, dad, come to Malta) (- alexandrine attributed to Victor Hugo).
  • Et Luc colporte trop l'occulte.
  • Et se resservir, ivresse reste. (And reserving oneself, merriness stays)
  • L'âme sûre ruse mal (-Louise de Vilmorin)
  • L'ami naturel ? Le rut animal. (The natural friend? The animal rut) (-Louise de Vilmorin)
  • La malade pédala mal (the sick pedalled bad).
  • La mariée ira mal (the wife will be ill).
  • L'âme des uns iamais n'use de mal (-Jacques Favereau, 17th century) – (One's soul never resorts to evil)
  • Léon, émir cornu, d'un roc rime Noël. (-Luc Etienne)
  • Léon a rasé César à Noël (Leon shaved Caesar at Christmas).
  • Réussir à Paris : suer (succeed in Paris, sweat).
  • Sévère mal à l'âme, rêves. (Severe pain in the soul, dream)(-Luc Etienne)
  • Sexe vêtu, tu te vexes (dressed sex, you get vexed) (-Luc Etienne)
  • Suce ses écus. (suck these ecus) (-Louise de Vilmorin)
  • Ta belle porte s'use trop, elle bat. (Your beautiful door gets used up too quickly, it beats)
  • Trace là mon nom à l'écart. (Write my name in a retired place)
  • Tu l'as trop écrasé, César, ce Port-Salut !
  • Un roc lamina l'animal cornu.



  • Alle Bananen, Anabella! - "All bananas, Anabella!"
  • Ein Neger mit Gazelle zagt im Regen nie. - "A negro with a gazelle never hesitates in the rain."
  • Ein Esel lese nie. - "A donkey should never read."
  • Ida war im Atlas, Abdul lud Basalt am Irawadi. - "Ida was in the Atlas Mountains, Abdul loaded basalt beside the Irrawaddy River."
  • O Genie, der Herr ehre dein Ego! - "O Genius, let the Lord praise your ego!"
  • Reit' nie tot ein Tier! - "Never ride an animal to death."
  • Vitaler Nebel mit Sinn ist im Leben relativ. - "Vital fog with meaning is relative in life."
  • Eine treue Familie bei Lima feuerte nie. - "A loyal family near Lima never fired."


  • Νίψον ανομήματα μη μόναν όψιν-"Cleanse our sins, not only our face (originally found in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul)"
  • Νοσώ. Σύ ος ει ίαμα, Ιησού, σώσον - "I am ill. You are healing, Jesus, save me"
  • Σος ειμί, τίμιε, σός "Yours, I am, honest, yours"


  • ילד כותב בתוך דלי - A boy writes inside a bucket
  • הדג בחר לחן לבלבל נחל רחב גדה - The fish picked a tune to confuse a wide stream
  •  ? אבי אל חי שמך למה המלך משיח לא יבא - A question: My father, you are a living god, why won't the Messianic King come?
  • דעו מאביכם כי לא בוש אבוש שוב אשוב אליכם כי בא מועד - An answer: Know that from your father: I will not be late, I shall return because the time has come.
  • רק פושטק עלוב בולע קטשופ קר - Only a measly brat swallows cold ketchup (Eran Hadas)
  • טעם לפת תפל מעט - Turnip is tasteless
  • The longest Hebrew palindrome (in fact a full palindromic story) was created by Noam Dovev and can be found at [3]


  • kis sík: "small plain"
  • a sah hasa: "the belly of the shah"
  • Legelöl ő legel: "He grazes uppermost"
  • Adósom a mosoda: "The laundry owes me."
  • Géza, kék az ég: "Géza, the sky is blue."
  • Rám német nem lel, elmentem én már: "The Germans won't find me, I'm already gone." (1943)
  • Indul a görög aludni: "The Greek goes to sleep."
  • Ìr a Mari: "Mary is writing."
  • Rémes tóga bagót sem ér: "Crap chiton worths nothing."
  • Kár a papnak a rák: "Crab is wasted on the priest."
  • Keresik a tavat a kis erek: "Small streams look for the lake."
  • Kis erek mentén, láp sík ölén, oda van a bánya rabja, jaj Baranyában a vadon élö Kis Pálnét nem keresik.


  • "Vá! Má merk skatan nota tonnatakskrem á máv?": Wow! Can the distinguished skate use superglue cream on a seagull? (Posted on Baggalútur.)
  • "Amma sá afa káfa af ákafa á Samma.": Grandma saw grandpa grope Sam with fervour. (Also posted on Baggalútur.)
  • "Arafat sá annan klút stúlknanna á staf Ara.": Arafat saw on Aris cane one of the girls' hanky. (Also posted on Baggalútur.)


  • Kasur Nababan rusak: "Nababan's matress is ruined"


  • Ai lati d'Italia: "At Italy's borders".
  • È Dio, lo gnomo mongoloide?: "Is the mongoloid gnome God?".
  • Avida di vita, desiai ogni amore vero, ma ingoiai sedativi, da Diva: "Eager of life, I desired every real love, but I ended swallowing sedatives, as a Diva".
  • Autore, ero tua: "Author, I was yours".
  • I topi non avevano nipoti: "The mice had no grandsons".
  • Otto, l'ateo poeta, lottò: "Otto, the atheist poet, fought".
  • Ero là, cercai lì acre calore: "I was there, there I looked for pungent warmth".
  • Oracolo caro: "Dear oracle".
  • I nasi sani: "The healthy noses".
  • Angela, la fata, fa la legna: "Angela, the fairy, makes firewood".
  • A complete Palindrome poetry, written by Roberto Morassi:
Ode a Roma Dorata

O citta' nuova, ti balen'Amore,
l'arte t'annoda. Ci nuota, la sera,
Morte ideale. Vidi matto, ratto,
serrarti, Diva, i nitidi livelli
ma i lati d'Eva, no ! Nave d'Italia
mille vili ditini avidi trarre
sott'a'rottami di vela, e dietro
mare salato, unica donna: te!
Tra le romane l'abitavo, un attico....
A. Taro (d'amor aedo)
  • A play by Giancarlo Russo, made entirely of palindrome phrases: [4]


  • 내 아내
  • 건조할 조건
  • 기특한 특기
  • 난장이 장난
  • 다들 잠들다
  • 다들 힘들다
  • 다리 저리다
  • 다시 갑시다
  • 다 안산 안다
  • 다했냐? 했다
  • 모호한 호모
  • 부산 임산부
  • 분실하실 분
  • 아 좋다 좋아
  • 요가 나가요
  • 은갈치 갈은
  • 통 술집 술통
  • 나는 너 너는 나
  • 주유소 소유주
  • 다 같은 것은 같다
  • 다만 고하고 만다
  • 다시마를 마시다
  • 다시 합창합시다
  • 다 이뿐이뿐이다
  • 다 이심전심이다
  • 다 좋은 것은 좋다
  • 문방구 친구 방문
  • 바로크는 크로바
  • 소주 만 병만 주소
  • 여보 안경 안 보여
  • 여자 친구 친 자여
  • 이빠이 빠이빠이
  • 자 빨리빨리 빨자
  • 짐 사이에 이사짐
  • 포대 속에 속대포
  • 해는 솟아 솟는 해
  • 세미나때 때나 미세
  • 야 이 통은 은통이야
  • 나이아가라가 아이나?
  • 네가 고두심 두고 가네
  • 다시 당분간 분당시다
  • 다친 구장이 장구친다
  • 다 한통속 계속 통한다
  • 생선 사가는 가사선생
  • 소 있고 지게 지고 있소
  • 수박 나누자, 누나 박수
  • 야 이 달은 밝은 달이야
  • 야 이 집 앞이 앞집이야
  • 여보게 저기 저게 보여?
  • 여보 마이클 이마 보여
  • 지들만 이빠이 만들지
  • 홀아비집 옆집 비아홀
  • 나가다 오나? 나오다 가나?
  • 다리 그리고 저고리 그리다
  • 다 큰 도라지일지라도 큰다
  • 대한총기공사 공기총 한 대
  • 아들딸이 다 컸다 이 딸들아
  • 네가 본 스리랑카랑 리스본 가네
  • 다시 올 이월이 윤이월이올시다
  • 대한전선 사장이 장사 선전한대
  • 다 간다 이 일요일 일요일이 다 간다
  • 두유의 비극인가 한가인 극비의 유두
  • 사전 사! 영한사전 사! 영영사전 사! 한영사전 사!
  • 표 세 명값 자책한 과부가 부과한 책자값 명세표
  • 가련하시다 사장집 아들딸들아 집장사 다시 하련가


See also the Latin Wiktionary palindrome list.

  • Acide me malo, sed non desola me, medica.
  • Adoro te animo, domina et oro da.
  • Ave, Eva!
  • Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor. (Quintilian)--No, Sidonius.
  • Si bene te tua laus taxat, sua laute tenebis. (Plinius)
  • Subi dura a rudibus. "Endure hardships from the rude."
  • Signa te, signa, temere me tangis et angis.
  • Meritis servi sinum munis ivres sitirem.
  • Nemo te c(a)edis murorum sidecet omen. (Luxorius)
  • Aspice'nam raro mittit timor arma nec ipsa.
  • Si se mente reget non tegeret Nemesis.
  • Et tiger non regit te. ("And the tiger does not rule thee.")
  • Sum summus mus. ("I am the mightiest mouse.")
  • In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni. ("We go in circles at night and are consumed by fire.")
  • Sator arepo tenet opera rotas. (can be arranged in a symmetrical word square see Sator Square on Wikipedia)


  • ātram slidas sadils martā - for quick one skates will wear out in March


  • sėdėk užu kėdės: Sit over the seat!


  • .ua vibjbi vau "Aha! vaginal-near-thing!" (mrh)
  • .u'e jimsmi je'u "(Wonder!) It's really metal-like!" (mrh)
  • .a'a si'ugle melgu'isa'a "Ah! Copulating beautiful-light-singers!"
  • .u'i lu dargu gradu li'u (expresses amusement at the phrase "road unit")
  • .u'i su'o ractu cu tcaro'u si'u "Heehee, some rabbits are city-thick, with help." (mrh)


  • तो कवि डालडा विकतो. (That poet sells Dalda (a brand of hydrogenated vegetable oil).) Note that according to new Marathi spelling (शुद्धलेखन) standards, the word for poet should be written as कवी, and not as कवि. However, writing it as कवि achieves the perfect palindrome. In any case, witing the word as कवि is not entirely incorrect, albeit a bit old-fashioned; it follows the old rules for Marathi spelling (शुद्धलेखन), derived from the standards for written Sanskrit (संस्कृत).
  • The word डालडा (Dalda) in the above palindrome can be substituted with other palindromic words to produce such variants as तो कवि चहाच विकतो (That poet sells tea only), तो कवि रबर विकतो (That poet sells rubber), तो कवि सामोसा विकतो (That poet sells a samosa), तो कवि रडार विकतो (That poet sells RADAR) and तो कवि जहाज विकतो (That poet sells a ship). (Just proves that you can't live by poetry alone;you have to supplement your income by selling sundry things.)
  • चिमा काय कामाची? (Of what use is Chima (name of a girl)?) Note that the lengths of/characters for the i-sound in चि/ची in the beginning/end do not exactly match; to that extent this palindrome is not perfect.
  • साकर दही दर कसा? (What price yogurt and sugar?) Note that the first word in correct Marathi should have been साखर, and not साकर, but has been compromised to achieve a perfect palindrome.
  • रामाला भाला मारा. (Hit Ram with a javelin.) A perfect palindrome, without any spelling compromises.
  • ती होडी जाडी होती.
  • टेप आणा आपटे.
  • भाउ तळ्यात उभा.
  • हाच तो चहा.
  • साने नवीन नेसा.


  • Alle korkene ned i den ene krok, Ella. ((put)all the corks down in the one corner, Ella)
  • Agnes i senga. (Agnes [Norwegian name] in the bed)
  • Agnes i koma amok i senga. (Comatose Agnes amok in bed)
  • Alle reisetrette skal ete laks etter te, sier Ella. (All those tired of travelling shall eat salmon after tea, says Ella)
  • Anne var i Ravenna. (Anne was in Ravenna.)
  • Rolf Are vurderer om Arons ni drag i gardinsnora morer edru Vera Flor. (Rolf Are [Norwegian names] evaluates whether or not Aron's nine pull in the curtain string entertains sober Vera Flor [Norwegian names])
  • Grav ned den varg (Bury that wolf)
  • To frekke lår, rålekker fot (Two naughty thighs, very sassy foot)
  • Sa du ja, Judas? (Did you say yes, Judas?) (invented by Steinar Asp).
  • Ti gram skovoks, Margit. (Ten grams of shoe wax, Margit [Norwegian name]. (invented by Steinar Asp).
  • Merkelige kelner Agnes E. Krok i stas-BH rakte Romabaronesse Nora B. Amor et kar HB-sats i korkesenga; ren lek, Egil Ekrem'. (Strange waitress Agnes E. Krok wearing wonderbra handed Roman Baroness Nora B. Amor a trey of home brew "sats" in the corc bed. Piece of cake, Egil Ekrem. [Norwegian names]) (invented by Steinar Asp).
  • Høre tomat i tam oter øh


  • شو همدم بلبل بلب هر مهوش---

شکر بترازوی وزارت برکش


  • "Wół utył i ma miły tułów": (An ox has put up on weight and has a nice trunk)
  • "Kobyła ma mały bok": (A mare has small side)
  • "Zakopane i cel wieczoru urocze i w lecie na pokaz": (Zakopane [a resort in Tatra Mts.] and the goal of the evening is charming and goes on show in summer [Julian Tuwim])
  • "Może jutro ta dama da tortu jeżom": (Maybe this lady will give some cake to hedgehogs tomorrow)
  • "Gór ech chce róg": (A horn needs mountains echoes)
  • "Może jeż łże jeżom?": (Maybe the hedgehog lies to other hedgehogs?)
  • "Żartem dano nadmetraż": (It was a joke, that they gave more space)
  • "I wabi wół ów i bawi": (Stag attracts and entertains)
  • "Akta generała ma mała renegatka": (General’s acts are held by a small female renegade)
  • "Rabi zna Zair, a Maria Zanzibar": (Rabi knows Zaire, and Maria knows Zanzibar)
  • "Co mi dał duch – cud, ład i moc": (What did the spirit give me? – miracle, order and power)
  • "Ej, i po pracy Car popije": (After work, even Tsar will drink)
  • "I Car komedia i demokraci": (Both Tsar and the democrats are comedy)
  • "Zula łowi, a Noe leje Leona i woła - luz": (Zula is catching, Noah is beating Leon and shouting “OK”)
  • "Tuli fotoradar – o, to filut": (He is cuddling a photo radar – he is a joker)
  • "Zaradny dynda raz": (The resourceful hangs only once)
  • "Ilu tuli filut Uli?": (How many are cuddled by Ula’s joker?)
  • "Łapał za Tokaj, a kota złapał": (He was catching Tokay wine, but he caught a cat)
  • "A guru w ONZ znowu ruga": (A principle in the UN is calling down again)
  • "Pętaka pętaj, a tępaka tęp": (Bind the kid and fight the dimwit)
  • "Zagwiżdż i w gaz": (Whistle, and get a move on)
  • "A to idiota!": (What an idiot he is!)
  • "A to kokota!": (What a cocotte she is!)
  • "Jadzi w gębę gwizdaj!": (Whistle in Jadzia's snout!)


  • "Socorram-me, subi no ônibus em Marrocos" ("Help me! I climbed the bus in Morocco")
  • "Me vé se a panela da moça é de aço, Madalena Paes, e vem" ("Check whether the lady's pan is made of steel , Madalena Paes, and come")
  • "Lâmina Animal" ("Animal Blade")
  • "Rir, o breve verbo rir" ("Laugh, the short verb laugh")
  • "Morram após a sopa marrom" ("Die after the brown soup")
  • "Ovo Novo" ("New egg")
  • "Roma me tem amor" ("Rome has love for me")
  • "Assim a aluna anula a missa" (this way, the schoolgirl calls off the Mass)
  • "A cara rajada da jararaca" (the streaky face of the jararaca [a kind of snake])
  • "Anotaram a data da maratona" (They annotated the date of the marathon)
  • "O romano acata amores a damas amadas e Roma ataca o namoro" (The roman complies the love to beloved ladies and Rome attacks the dating (Approximate Translation)
  • "Oto come mocotó" (Oto eats a calf´s foot)
  • "Saíram o tio e oito Marias" (The uncle and eight Maries went outside)
  • "Ato idiota" (stupid action)
  • "Luz azul" (blue light)
  • "Orar é raro" (it is rare to pray)
  • "Roma é amor" (Rome is love)
  • "É a mãe!" (it's the mother!, a common Portuguese exclamation to express anger or as a retort to a disgreement)
  • "A mala nada na lama" (The briefcase swims in mud)
  • "Irene ri" (Irene laughs)
  • "Otto ama Ana e Ana ama Otto" (Otto loves Ana and Ana loves Otto)


  • Acru tip e Piţurcă! "What a sour guy is Piturca!"
  • Ai rămas acasa, Maria? "Did you stay home, Mary?"
  • Alina m-a luat să stau la Manila. "Alina took me to stay in Manila."
  • Au o navă nouă. "They have a new ship."
  • Ele fac cafele. "They make coffee."
  • Ele ne seduc cu desenele. "They seduce us with their drawings."
  • El a gătit agale. "He cooked it slowly."
  • El o să facă fasole. "He'll cook some beans."
  • Ene purta patru pene. "Ene wore four feathers."
  • Era nudă la Dunăre. "She was naked, facing the Danube."
  • Era o tipă răpitoare ! "She was a ravishing girl."
  • Era să pozez o pasăre. "I was about to photograph a bird."
  • Icre, pui, ciuperci. "Caviar, chicken, mushrooms."
  • Ion a luat luni vinul tău la noi. "Ion took away your wine on Monday."
  • Maria bea, că e bairam. "Mary's drinking for there's a party going on."
  • O ramă maro. "A brown frame."
  • Românii-s aşi în amor. "Romanians are aces in love."
  • Să nu iei un as. "Do not take an ace."


  • Тени нет: "No shadow"
  • Кит на море — романтик: "The whale on the sea is romanticist"
  • Дорого небо да надобен огород: "Heaven is dear but the garden is necessary" (Dmitry Avaliani)
  • Я иду с мечем, судия!: "I am coming with a sword, the judge!" (by Gavrila Derzhavin)
  • Аргентина манит негра: "Argentina attracts a Negro" (by Mikhail Bulgakov)
  • Кулинар, храни лук: "Cook, keep the onion"
  • Ранил укусом осу кулинар : "A cook wounded a wasp by biting it"
  • Министр отлично кончил торт синим: "A minister perfectly finished a cake with blue"
  • Он вор, но мил. Но и мы не лезли, пока не накопил "зелеными" он "лимон" ровно: He is a thief, but nice. But we did not disturb him until he saved exactly million bucks.
  • А роза упала на лапу Азора: But rose fell on Azor's paw.
  • Мария Ире во дворе: "Нет у сутенеров доверия Ирам".: Maria tells Ira in courtyard, "Pimps have no faith in Iras".


  • A bela leba! – The white bread!!!
  • A mene tu ni minute nema. – And I wasn't here for a minute.
  • A Mica dopunjava Vanju podacima. – And Mica is supplementing Vanja with data.
  • Ana nabra par banana. – Ana picked a couple of bananas.
  • Ana voda Radovana. – Ana walks Radovan.
  • Ana voli Milovana. – Ana loves Milovan.
  • Ani vratila Dada litar vina. – Dada returned a litre of wine to Ana.
  • Anja sebe sanja. – Anja is dreaming herself.
  • Anja voli milovanja. – Anja likes petting.
  • Avda tera jareta dva. – Avda drives two young goats.
  • E sine, ženi se! – Son, get married!
  • Enise, sine! – Enis, my son!
  • Evo love. – Here's the money.
  • Evo sada sove. – Here is an owl.
  • Gola Maja jede jaja malog. – Naked Maja eats little's eggs.
  • I Desa kraj jarka sedi. – Desa sits near the dich too.
  • I jogurt ujutru goji. – In the morning even yogurt makes you fat.
  • I Radu po noktu žut konop udari. – And yellow rope hits Rada on her nail.
  • Idu ljeta, pate ljudi. – Years pass, people suffer.
  • Imaju Arapi i para u jami. – Arabs have also money in the hole.
  • Imamo ono o mami. – We have that thing about mom.
  • Izo vreće šije da Deji šećer vozi. – Izo sews sacks to transport sugar to Deja.
  • Kuma pere pamuk. – Godmother washes cotton.
  • Maja sa Nedom ode na sajam. – Maja went with Neda on a fair.
  • Mače jede ječam. – A young cat eats barley.
  • Na sebe je besan. – He is mad on himself.
  • Nakrao Arkan! – Arkan has stolen a lot!
  • Nema Kata kamen. – Kate doesn't have a stone.
  • Oni vole belo vino. – They like white wine.
  • Oruđa doda Đuro. – Đuro passed tools.
  • Ovo je muka kume Jovo. – This is trouble godfather Jova.
  • Ružan Edo ode na žur. – Ugly Edo went to party.
  • Sava zidar radi za vas. – Sava the mason works for you.
  • Savo dečak sada skače do vas. – The boy Savo is just going to pay you a short visit.
  • Sir ima miris. – Cheese has a smell.
  • U Rimu idu ljudi u miru. – In Rome people go in peace.
  • U Rimu umiru. – They die in Rome.
  • U Šidu udišu. – In Šid they inhale.
  • Uguraj u jarugu. – Push in the dich.
  • Ujak ima radar, a mi Kaju. – Uncle has a radar, and we have Kaja.


  • Ali se bo Ana obesila? – Will Anna hang herself?
  • Osem opitih hiti po meso – Eight drunk people run to get meat.
  • Ema, zakaj ni vinjaka zame? – Emma, why isn't there any brandy for me?
  • Perica reže raci rep – Laundress cuts the duck's tail.
  • Cesar prasec – Emperor pig
  • Maks ne želi sile ženskam – Maks does not wish harm to women.
  • A riba nabira? – Does a fish gather?
  • Peter pazi se če si za pretep. – Peter watch out if you are for a fight.
  • Hudir bo dobri duh. - It will smell damn good.
  • Bo kaj sena danes, Jakob? - Will there be any hay today, Jacob?


  • Anita, la gorda lagartona, no traga la droga latina. "Anita, the fat sly woman, does not swallow the Latin drug."
  • Dábale arroz a la zorra el abad. "The abbot was giving the vixen rice."
  • Sé verlas al revés. "I know how to see them backwards."
  • La ruta nos aportó otro paso natural. "The route gave us another natural step."
  • Las Nemocón no comen sal. "The Nemocóns don't eat salt."
  • Anás usó tu auto, Susana. "Anás used your car, Susana."
  • Adán no cede con Eva, Yavé no cede con nada. "Adam doesn´t give in to Eve, Yahweh doesn´t give in to anything."
  • Así Mario oirá misa. "That way will Mario attend Mass."
  • ¡Abusón, acá no suba! "You bully, don't come up here!"
  • Se corta Sarita a tiras atroces. "Sarita slices herself in horrible cuts."
  • Amigo, no gima. "Friend, don't moan."
  • Anita lava la tina. "Anita washes the bathtub." (Taught in schools.)
  • Es Adán, ya ve, yo soy Eva y nada sé. "It is Adam, now you see, I am Eve and I know nothing."
  • Etna da luz azul a Dante. "Etna gave blue light to Dante." (Juan José Arreola)
  • Átale, demoníaco Caín, o me delata. "Tie him, evil Cain, lest he exposes me."
  • ¿Bérgamo?, ¡no, Magreb!.
  • Mal si le das la fe falsa del Islam. "Bad if you give him/her the false faith of Islam."
  • ¡Oro! ¡Ya hay oro! "Gold! There's gold already!"
  • O rey, o joyero. "Either king or jeweler."
  • Alá, yo soy de Mahoma el dios. Oídle a Mohamed: yo soy Alá. "Allah, I am the god of Mahoma. Hear Muhammad: I am Allah."
  • O sacáis ropa por si acaso. "Or take out some clothes, just in case"
  • Sometamos o matemos. "Let's submit or kill."
  • Oír Aida en ópera: la lírica Cirila la repone a diario. "To hear Aida in Opera: the lyric Cirila revives it daily."
  • Allí por la tropa portado, traído a ese paraje de maniobras, una tipa como capitán usar boina me dejara, pese a odiar toda tropa por tal ropilla. "There behaved by the troop, brought to that maneuvered place, a gal like a captain let me use beret, in spite of hating every troop by that cloth."
  • ¡A tu padre, cerda puta! "To your father, pig whore!"
  • Aten al planeta. "Tie the planet."
  • Ají traga la lagartija. "The lizard swallows chili."
  • Somos o no somos "We are or we aren't."
  • Odio la luz azul al oído. "I hate blue light on my ear."
  • Elba cortó otro cable. "Elba cut another cable"
  • Yo soy. "I am."
  • No lo cases a Colón. "Don't marry Columbus."


  • Du har bra hud: Meaning "You've got good skin"
  • Ni rakar bra, Karin: Meaning "You shave well, Karin"
  • Ni talar bra latin: Meaning "You speak good Latin"
  • Anne var i Ravenna: Meaning "Anne was in Ravenna"
  • God arab åt tå, bara dog: Meaning "Good Arab ate toe, just died"
  • Moratös gav dem ett te med vag, söt arom: Meaning "Girl from Mora (the town where Vasaloppet ends) gave them a tea with a vague, sweet scent"
  • Tre bra brassar bar Bert: Meaning "Three good Brazilians were carrying Bert" or "Three good Brazilians, Bert was carrying"
  • Mus rev inuits öra, sa röst i universum: Meaning "Mouse scratched Inuit’s ear, said voice in universe"
  • Nej, leta i ateljén!: Meaning "No, search in the studio!"
  • I Reval sitta ni alla inatt i slaveri: Meaning "In Reval (Tallinn) you all will sit tonight in slavery"
  • Sirap i Paris: Meaning "Syrup in Paris"
  • God apa gavs galna anlag, svag apa dog: Meaning "Good monkey was given crazy genetic disposition, weak monkey died." -- note that all the spaces match, which is rare for longer palindromes
  • Märk stupid abrakadabra: ur fin ränsel lyfta rappa japaner samma mimosa som i mammas rena pajapparat fylles när ni fruar bada karbad i putskräm: Meaning "Note stupid abracadabra: from fine knapsack, swift Japanese are lifting the same mimosa which is filled in mother's clean pie machine when you wives bath tub-bath in shoe polish" (archaic style)
  • anropa aporna!: Meaning "Call the monkeys!".
  • Dromedaren Alpotto planerade mord: Meaning "Otto of the Alpes, the dromedary, was planning murder".
  • Medan ammor tre i Floda nakna ses aga lam i Malaga ses ankan Adolf i ert rom mana dem: Meaning "While three naked wetnurses in Floda are seen punishing in Malaga, paralyzed, Adolf the duck is seen in your rum, urging them"
  • Ola Salo (the name of the singer in The Ark)
  • Bara gin ni får ge till Amal, lite grå, finnig arab: Meaning "You must only give gin to Amal, somewhat gray, pimply Arab"


  • Sila aalis.: Meaning "They will leave."
  • Para sa mansanas na masarap: Meaning "For a better-tasting apple"
  • O, tatayo yata to.: Meaning "Look, I think this will stand up."
  • Nasa bayabasan: Meaning "In the guava grove"
  • Aba! Bababa ba?: Meaning "Hey! Going down?"
  • Ano na?: Meaning "What now?"


In Dravidian script it is often tougher to produce palindromes, due to the structure of the language. however here is one example in a boxed semi-palindrome as it means the same when read across or down but not reverse.

சி வா ஜி
வா யி லே
ஜி லே பி

The line reads: Sivaji vayile Jilebi i.e. There is a Jilebi in Shivaji's mouth. It reads the same across and down.

"காக்கா" meaning crow and "விகடகவி" meaning court jester are some of the few true palindromes in Tamil. "மோரு தருமோ" meaning "Can I get some buttermilk(?)" is one of the longest sentence-palindromes in the language.

polyndrome in ancient tamil.

யாமாமாநீ யாமாமா யாழீகாமா காணாகா

காணாகாமா காழீயா மாமாயாநீ மாமாயா.

3.117.1 திருச்சிற்றம்பலம்

Meaning: (To correlate with the meaning below read the words as below.

yaam aam maa n^iiyaam aa maa yaazii kaamaa kaaN naagaa kaaNa kaamaa kaaziiyaa maamaayaa n^ii maamaayaa )

We are pashus (maa); You are pashupati (aa maa); The One Who plays yAz (string music instrument), Desirable, Wearing attractive snake, One Who made kaama (cupid) invisible, Lord of chiirkaazi remove (n^ii - n^iikku) the powerful maaya (that surrounds us), Oh the Lord Who makes the act of concealment (thirodhAnam - one of the five deeds of God) !


As with other Brahmi-originated scripts, palindromes are rare in Telugu. However, one prominent example stands out for our discussion:-

  • వికట కవి (vi-ka-Ta-ka-vi/ 'A cunning poet')


  • Ey Edip pide ye. = Oh Edip, eat pide.
  • Ey Edip adanada pide ye. = Oh Edip, eat pide in Adana.
  • Anastas mum satsana. = Anastas, why don't you sell candles?
  • Anastas kabak satsana. = Anastas, why don't you sell squash?
  • Al kasada sakla. = Take this and put it in the safe.
  • Altan, attan atla. = Altan, jump from the horse.
  • Pay ederek iki kerede yap. = Share it and do it twice.
  • Rıza, Haluk okula hazır. = Rıza, Haluk is ready for school.
  • Zamkı çok, o çıkmaz. = The price is high, it won't sell.


  • О, гомін німого! = Oh, voice of a dumb man!
  • Козак з казок = The cossack from fairy-tales.
  • Кіт утік = The cat has ran away.
  • Рис і сир = Rice and cheese.
  • Епос і нині сопе = "Epos still snuffles", the title of the palindromon (palindromic writing) of 3333 letters, composed in 1993 by Ivan Luchuk, Ukrainian poet.[5]


  • Neito, de sil logol-li sedoti en?
  • No vig ole su taled, sis del at u selo, giron.


  • Kadõ um mu õdak. "My evening is envious."
  • Kummuh um mu hummuk. "My morning is swollen."

Symmetry by sound[edit]


  • A bátya gatyába: "The brother in underpants"
  • Indul a kutya, a tyùk aludni: "The dog, the hen are going to sleep."
  • Erőszakos kannak sok a szőre: "Aggressive males have lots of hair."
  • Kis erek mentén, láp sík ölén odavan a bánya rabja: jaj, Baranyában a vadon élő Kis Pálnét nem keresik!: "Along the small streams and in the flat lap of the moorland gone the prisoner of the mine: oh, nobody looks for Ms. Kis Pál who lived in the woods of Baranya." (Created by Demők Béla.)


See also Kaibun.

  • Ta-ke-ya-bu ya-ke-ta (竹薮焼けた) - A bamboo grove has been burned.
  • Wa-ta-shi ma-ke-ma-shi-ta-wa (私負けましたわ) - I have lost.
  • Na-ru-to wo to-ru-na (なるとを取るな) - Do not take my naruto (spiral-shaped fishcake).
  • Shi-na-mo-n pa-n mo re-mo-n pa-n mo na-shi (シナモンパンもレモンパンも無し) - There is neither cinnamon bread nor lemon bread.
  • Na-ga-ki yo-no to-ho-no ne-bu-ri-no mi-na me-za-me na-mi-no-ri-bu-ne-no o-to-no-yo-ki-ka-na (長き世の 遠の眠りの 皆目覚め 波乗り船の 音の良きかな) - Tanka
  • Shi-n-bu-n-shi (新聞紙) - Newspaper
  • Mi-ga-ka-nu ka-ga-mi (磨かぬ鏡) - Un-wiped mirror
  • Ni-ku-no-oo-i-oo-no-ku-ni (肉の多い大乃国)


  • Da keun do-ra-ji-il-ji-ra-do keun-da. (다 큰 도라지일지라도 큰다.) - Even full-grown balloonflower will grow.
  • Ga-ryeon-ha-si-da sa-jang-jip a-deul-ddal-deul-a jip-jang-sa da-si ha-ryeon-ga. (가련하시다 사장집 아들딸들아 집장사 다시 하련가.) - Pitiful are the president's siblings - will they come back to estate agentry?
  • Da-si-hab-chang-hab-si-da.(다시 합창합시다.) - Let's sing together again.

Symmetry by words[edit]

Some palindromes use words as units rather than letters. Examples are:

  • You can cage a swallow, can't you, but you can't swallow a cage, can you?
  • Fall leaves as soon as leaves fall.
  • So patient a nurse to nurse a patient so.
  • "Come, shall I touch you wherever, darling? I am so randy." "So am I, darling; wherever you touch I shall come."
  • "Son, I am able," she said, "though you scare me." "Watch," said I, "beloved." I said, "Watch me scare you." "Though," said she, "able am I, son."
  • First ladies rule the state, and state the rule: "Ladies First!"

Symmetry by lines[edit]

Still other palindromes take the line as the unit. The poem Doppelgänger, composed by James A. Lindon, is such a palindrome.