Palindromes, anagrams, and spoonerisms
Definition: palindromes are words or phrases that read the same forwards as backwards. The adjustment of punctuation and spaces between words is generally permitted. Palindromes have been found throughout history, some as old as 80BCE. The word palindrome was coined from Greek roots pali, back anddromos, direction way by English writer Ben Jonson in the 1600s.
Above: a milled sculpture of Toyota, designed by Frank Nichols of New York City.
"Mom, dad, sis, I'm not like you. I'm not a palindrome."
Some classic palindrome samples
Madam, I'm Adam.
Madam, in Eden, I'm Adam.
A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.
No melons, no lemon
Step on no pets
Never odd or even
Party booby trap
A slut nixes sex in Tulsa
Stella won no wallets
No, it is open on one position
Dennis never even sinned
Rats live on no evil star
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
"Dammit I'm Mad" by Demetri Martin
Links to websites
Jim Kalb's palindrome list
Anagrams are rearranged letters in a word or phrase to make another word or phrase. From the Greek wordanagramma 'letters written anew'. Technically, any word or phrase which exactly reproduces the letters in another is an anagram; e.g., saltine = entails. However, the goal of serious or skilled anagrammists is to produce anagrams which reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise.
Example: George Bush = He bugs Gore.
Some other fun ones
dormitory = dirty room
Presbyterian = best in prayer
astronomer = moon starer
the eyes = they see
slot machines = cash lost in 'em
snooze alarms = alas! no more z 's
eleven plus two = twelve plus one
election results = lies let's recount
a decimal point = I'm a dot in place
Babe Ruth = He rub bat.
William Shakespeare = I am a weak speller.
Theodore Roosevelt = svelte hero rode, too
evangelist = evil's agent
Claim, "Heck, I sent it! = the check is in the mail
Attaineth its cause, freedom = United States of America
desperation = a rope ends it
The Morse Code = Here come dots
Mother in Law = Woman Hitler
circumstantial evidence = can ruin a selected victim
a stitch in time saves nine = this is meant as incentive
intoxicate = excitation
A reversal of sounds in two words. Named for William Spooner, an English clergyman and scholar, around 1900. American English has over 600,000 words (and growing), more words than any other language. Therefore, there's a greater chance that any accidental transposition of letters or syllables will produce rhyming substitutes that make some sense.
Three cheers for our queer old dean! = dear old queen, referring to Queen Victoria
Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride? = customary to kiss
You were fighting a liar in the quadrangle. = lighting a fire
Is the bean dizzy? = dean busy
Someone is occupewing my pie. Please sew me to another sheet. = occupying my pew...show me to another seat
You have hissed all my mystery lectures. You have tasted a whole worm. = missed...history, wasted...term
A lack of pies = A pack of lies
A blushing crow. = crushing blow
A well boiled icicle = well oiled bicycle
It's roaring with pain = It's pouring with rain
Wave the sails = Save the whales
cattle ships and bruisers = battle ships and cruisers
nosey little cook = cosy little nook
a blushing crow = a crushing blow
we'll have the hags flung out = we'll have the flags hung out
know your blows = blow your nose
go and shake a tower = go and take a shower
nicking your pose = picking your nose
you have very mad banners = you have very bad manners
sealing the hick = healing the sick
go help me sod = so help me God
bowel feast = foul beast
I'm a damp stealer = I'm a stamp dealer
chipping the flannel = flipping the channel on TV
mad bunny = bad money
lead of spite = speed of light
this is the pun fart = this is the fun part
I hit my bunny phone = I hit my funny bone
cop porn = popcorn
it crawls through the fax = it falls through the cracks
would you like a nasal hut? = would you like a hazelnut?
belly jeans = jelly beans
fight in your race = right in your face
Lexophile: one who loves sentence word play
You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
This girl said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I swear I've never met herbivore.
I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.
I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
Police were summoned to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory, but it was never fully developed.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
When chemists die, they barium.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.