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Palindromes Posted by on Aug 25, 2008 in Spanish Culture

A palindrome is a word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., that can be read the same backward as forward, like Madam, I’m Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop. The word palindrome comes from the Greek roots palin (πάλιν; “back”) and dromos (δρóμος; “way, direction”) and it was coined by the English writer Ben Johnson in the 1600s. Here are some Spanish palindromes:

¿Acaso hubo búhos acá?

Allí si María avisa y así va a ir a mi silla.

Anita lava la tina. (very popular in Mexico)

Átale, demoníaco Caín, o me delata. (Julio Cortázar)

Dábale arroz a la zorra el abad. (one of the most popular)

La ruta nos aportó otro paso natural.

Do you know other palindromes in Spanish? Post them here!

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English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. david carmona:

    Yo hago yoga hoy.

  2. Amanda:

    I love palindromes!

  3. Slan:

    Este lo inventé yo:


  4. david carmona:

    ¡Magnífico ejemplo, Slan! Muy bien currado.

  5. pesadia:

    luz azul