My Favorite Palindromes


Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.

That’s my favorite palindrome.

The Finns are very proud of their palindromes. According to wikipedia:

The Finnish word saippuakivikauppias (soap-stone vendor) is claimed to be the world’s longest palindromic word in everyday use. A meaningful derivative from it is saippuakalasalakauppias (soapfish bootlegger). An even longer effort is saippuakuppinippukauppias (soapdish batch seller).

Actually, like people elsewhere in the world, Finnish people rarely talk about soap-stone vendors, let alone soapfish bootleggers (although that would make a great band name, don’t you think?). The word saippuakauppias, however, meaning simply “soap vendor (merchant, seller)” is an impressively long single word palindrome – it may, in fact be the longest single word palindrome in the world – and it is in everyday use. There was a shop by that name (selling soap, natch) in the Hakaniemi market the last time I was in Helsinki.

What’s your favorite palindrome?

Image courtesy of Export-Forum.

~ by lolarusa on March 26, 2009.

5 Responses to “My Favorite Palindromes”

  1. A man, a plan, a canal. Panama.

  2. Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?

  3. “Naomi, did I moan?”

    Of course. ;)

  4. Haven’t heard that one. That’s a goody.

  5. Ten animals I slam in a net

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