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What do you call a word or phrase that reads the same backward and forward?
A word or phrase that reads the same backward and forward is called a palindrome. Examples of palindromes: madam; Hannah; radar; Was it a rat I saw; Able was I ere I saw Elba; a man, a plan, a canal, Panama; Draw, O Caesar. Erase a coward; So many dynamos; Sit on a potato pan, Otis; Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog! The word palindrome comes from Greek palindromos, 'running back again, recurring,' from palin-, 'again' + dromos, 'a running'.