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I was originally talking about this with gfish and I promised to get the reference for him. These are goofy enough to share with everyone, though. A palindrome is a passage that has the letters in the same order whether you read it backwards or forwards. The classics are:

A man, a plan, a canal-- Panama!

Able was I ere I saw Elba
(Napoleon was defeated at the Elba river)

The expanded versions are:

Unremarkable was I ere I saw Elba Kramer, nu?

A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal -- Panama!

Expanded palindromes taken from Guy L. Steele Jr.'s Common Lisp.

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Somewhere I remember seeing a list of palindrome also-rans: things which try mightily to be a palindrome but fail. I think this was maybe in Espy's Another Almanac of Words at Play. Anyway, my favorite was: A man, a plan, a canal -- Suez!

My favorite palindrome is probably Satan, oscillate my...