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16 Surprisingly Funny Palindromes

Updated on
May 16, 2019
16 Surprisingly Funny Palindromes

What is a palindrome? According to The Oxford English Dictionary the word is based on Greek root words meaning “back” and “running.” Palindromes are words or phrases that read the same backward and forward, letter for letter, number for number, or word for word. Some palindromes seem philosophical. Do geese see God? Others tell a story. A man, a plan, a canal: Panama. Still others are silly and rather nonsensical. Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts. Which of the following palindromes is your favorite?

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A great bargain:

A nut for a jar of tuna.

A permissive friend:

Al lets Della call Ed “Stella.”

An Italian palindrome:

Amore, Roma.

A long example:

Are we not pure? “No, sir!” Panama’s moody Noriega brags. “It is garbage!” Irony dooms a man—a prisoner up to new era.

A moral dilemma:

Borrow or rob?

Follow the words, not the letters:

King, are you glad you are king?

A weird concept:

Taco cat

Bad eyesight:

Was it a car or a cat I saw?

A list of naughty people:

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.

A news report:

Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside.

A record, set straight:

Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam.

A hitman for hire:

Murder for a jar of red rum.

Call your mother:


A gross creature:

Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo.

Verbal abuse:

Yo, banana boy!

Would you try:

UFO tofu?

These are just a few examples. There is a great palindrome poem called “Doppelgänger” by James A. Lindon that you might enjoy. It reads the same from bottom to top as it does from top to bottom. Though a poem might be too hard for your first attempt, why not try to create your own palindrome phrase?

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