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What is a Palindrome?

"A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!" is a good example of a palindrome.
Radar is an example of a palindromic word.
A palindrome reads the same in both directions, such as "Too hot to hoot."
Single words can be palindromes, such as "kayak."
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A palindrome is a word or sentence that is the same spelled forward or backward. For example, take a look at the following sentence: "Madam, I'm Adam". If you omit the punctuation, you can see that the letters spell the same thing forward and backward. There are lots of words that are palindromes including: dad, deified, kayak, mom, repaper, reviver, rotator, and radar.

Palindromic sentences are difficult to uncover but here are some great examples:

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anon58554
Post 4

01 02 2010 is a palindrome!

leilani
Post 3

Is 01 02 2010 also a palindrome? It is the same forwards and backward, or palindrome is reserved for words only?

anon30800
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Napoleon's famous palindrome: Able was I ere I saw Elba.

habura
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I had a teacher who said she loved to collect palindromes because her first name was a palindrome: Aviva. Here are some more palindromes: racecar, eye, deed, "I did, did I?, and my favorite "Dennis sinned" -- my brother is named Dennis. ;)

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