Quiz: can you guess the palindrome?
A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backwards as forwards (e.g. madam or nurses run). The term originated in the early 17th century and is derived from Greek palindromos which translates to ‘running back again’.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest single word palindrome is saippuakivikauppias, Finnish for ‘a dealer in caustic soda’. In the English language, tattarrattat, meaning ‘a knock at the door’, is often considered to be the longest. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), however, lists it as a nonce word, with James Joyce’s Ulysses being the only cited evidence.
The palindromic words we would like you to guess in our image quiz are neither as long nor as obscure as these two examples – so why not give it a try? You can highlight the space underneath each image to see the correct answer.