Here’s another interesting concept of the English language that we pulled right out of the treasure box for you. Palindromes sure sound complicated, but they aren’t if you understand what they are. One thing is for sure; they are fun and intriguing. So, what are palindromes?
Remember the word games we played in school? Many times we ended up finding out that some words sounded the same when you read it forward or backward. The sequence of the letters is such that it would make no difference which way you read it. The simplest example of the same is the word “noon.” Try it, read it both ways; it sounds the same, right?
Now you believe us when we said “fun and intriguing!” Why not go through some more of them. Here’s a list that you can use to plan games for your children or even adults. There’s not a better way to spend this lock-down period or even weekends for that matter.
A fun list of Palindromes
You just read that twice to check if it were a palindrome, didn’t you? Well, we don’t blame you! We’ve read this word since junior school, and hardly ever did we think that it had this fun element.
2. Looking for a new job? Have someone “Refer” you
The word “refer” is yet another ones from this list. Read it both ways, it remains the same.
3. Oh! Wow!
How many times do we use the word “wow” in a week? Or maybe, in a day? And yet, we never knew that it belongs to the palindromes family. Fun fact; isn’t it?
4. Have a wonderful day, “madam”
Here’s another one of the commonly used words that we did not know every read backwards. Now we can to make things simpler!
5. Repaper your room please!
Repaper is an act that refers to re-doing an old wallpaper with something new and fresh. What’s more? It also reads the same from both horizontal directions.
Pulled this word right out of the jewelry store for you. A lemel is a small shaving of a piece of metal like gold or silver. Spell it, read it both ways and you will find it is a palindrome.
7. A fan of “sagas” anyone?
Sagas are all over the television and books, and they’re unmissable stories for some. Although, what we did miss noticing so far was how the word is a palindrome too!
Also an onomatopoeia, this word is supposedly amongst the longest palindromes as stated by the Oxford dictionary. It reflects the sound of a door knock.
Did you know there is a unit of measurement to measure little things, like a drop of water? That unit is a minim, and it reads both ways!
Not heard of this one before? It means to hold something or someone as God. That’s great; with this word, we learn a new vocabulary and get to read a palindrome too!
Palindromes are on our radar in this lesson, and the word itself is a great example.
A word is merely a plural form of the word “solo.” But the plural form has one unique feature than its singular form. It reads the same both ways.
You have a belief or an opinion? Tenet is another name for it. It is very visible that it begins with a T, and ends with a T. The letters in-between interchange, and still spells the same. Aren’t palindromes like magic?
Wassamassaw is not just a word, but is the name of a place. It is a swamp in North Carolina. A very distinct palindrome, isn’t it?
15. King, are you glad you are king?
To end this lesson, we though why not add a punch to it. The sentence is a palindrome. You have to read the words backwards, and not the letters. It works, right?
Palindromes are many in the English language, and each is more intriguing than the other. Why don’t you think of more such words and sentences and leave them in the comment section below?
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