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Word nerds, unite!

Word nerds, unite!
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We’re going to take a trip down palindrome lane and full disclosure: it’s going to get a little weird (but, like, the good kind of weird). Before we get going, here’s a quick recap on what palindromes are: they’re words, sentences, phrases, or even numbers that read the same forward and backward. Pretty simple, right? So, why have we never noticed some of these palindrome examples that are basically hidden in plain sight?

We need to talk about the fact that palindrome sentences exist in the first place. Whole sentences that read the same forward and backward? Surely not all of those sentences can make perfect sense, right? Well, fellow word nerds, some of them do, some of them don’t, and some of them – uh – really don’t (but those are our favourites).

Sit on a potato pan, Otis

Sit on a potato pan, Otis
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Yep, first up on our list of bizarre-yet-humorous palindrome sentences is “Sit on a potato pan, Otis.” In case you’re wondering, this is definitely our new favourite comeback. Now we just need to find a potato pan…and someone named Otis.

Check out these palindrome words you’ve never thought of.

Ah. Satan sees Natasha.

Ah. Satan sees Natasha.
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We don’t know what Natasha did, but apparently, Satan sees her – so that’s a problem. Good luck, Natasha.

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Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.

Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.
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Did anyone else read this palindrome sentence and instantly think this could make for some great palindromic anti-smoking advertisements?

Did Hannah see bees? Hannah did.

Did Hannah see bees? Hannah did.
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As if the name ‘Hannah’ being a palindrome wasn’t cool enough, now she gets to see bees in this fun palindrome sentence. (Hopefully not too up-close!)

Can you say any of today’s toughest tongue twisters?

Yo, banana boy!

Yo, banana boy!

Uh, does ‘banana boy’ sell bananas, or is it just a weird nickname? (As you can tell, this is one of those weird palindrome sentences we were talking about earlier. We’re going to try not to ask any further questions.)

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Oh, who was it I saw? Oh, who?

Oh, who was it I saw? Oh, who?
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We’ve all had those days – but more importantly, does anyone know who’s on first?

Murder for a jar of red rum

Murder for a jar of red rum
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For a jar of red rum? Seems excessive – but we wouldn’t put it past, say, Captain Jack Sparrow. (Stephen King made great use of this order reversal!)

Check out these words that are their own opposites.

Borrow or rob?

Borrow or rob?
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A question we might ask ourselves when rummaging through our significant others’ closets.

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Eva, can I see bees in a cave?

Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
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A valid response: “No, but I can see bats in your belfry.”

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