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Palindrome in German language

palindrome is a word, phrase, number or sentence that reads the same in either direction.

The word “palindrome” was coined from the Greek roots (palin) “back” and (dromos) “way, direction”.

If you are called Anna, Hannah, or Otto, your name is a palindrome. Backwards or forwards, it is spelled the same way. Palindromes may consist of a single word:  Lagerregal / Regallager, Reittier, Reliefpfeiler, Rotor. 
Palindromes may be phrase or sentence: “Ein Neger mit Gazelle zagt im Regen nie” (A negro with gazelle never despairs in rain).

Other known palindromes in German are:

  • Eine treue Familie bei Lima feuerte nie (A loyal family near Lima never fired.)
  • Reit nie tot ein Tier
  • Die Liebe ist Sieger; stets rege ist sie bei Leid.
  • Ein Esel lese nie.
  • Trug Tim eine so helle Hose nie mit Gurt?
  • O Genie, der Herr ehre Dein Ego!
  • Eine güldne, gute Tugend: Lüge nie!

On the 20th of February 2002 it was 20:02 02/20 2002 (numeric palindrome) Peter Norwig created a computer program which generated the world’s longest palindrome. It consisted of 17,259 words. This is a simple sequence of words, but the text itself makes no sense.

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