Sunday, May 3, 2009

Know about Anagrams

What is an Anagram?
anagram (AN-uh-gram)

noun: A word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.

verb: To rearrange letters in such a way. To anagrammatize. 

[From Greek anagrammatismos, ana- (up, again, back, new) + -gram (letter).]

Odds 'n' Ends

Louis XIII, the King of France during early seventeenth century, appointed a Royal Anagrammatist for a handsome salary.

The word stifle is an anagram of itself.

Japan's former capital city (Kyoto, A.D. 794-1868) and present capital city (Tokyo) names are anagrams of each other.

Kingdom of Java's (Indonesia) former capital city was Kartasura and then moved to Surakarta.

Ever wondered why there isn't another word that can be made by rearranging the letters of the word anagram?

Anagrammist n. : one who composes anagrams and when asked for the four points of the compass is likely to reply thorn, shout, seat, and stew.

An anagram which has reverse spelling of a word and itself spells a proper word is called a semordnilap.

The name of synthetic fiber Spandex is an anagram of expands.

Clabbers is a variant of the Scrabble game. In this game, all the rules are the same as for Scrabble except for one: all words have to be anagrams of real words.

Do Lewis Carroll's poems prove he was Jack the Ripper? See The Straight Dope.

It's said that the right to lampoon royalty and politicians, using anagrams, was enshrined in English law, when King John signed the Magna Carta (Anagram Act) in 1215. (-:

Auto Anagrams

Camry, a car from Toyota is an anagram of my car. 

Elantra, a car from Hyundai is an anagram of A rental. 

Subaru, a car brand from Fuji is an anagram of U R a bus. 


A pangram is a sentence that uses all letters of the alphabet. So if you are thinking about finding anagrams of all letters from A to Z, what you are looking for is a pangram that is 26 letter long. Here are a few: 
Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz. 
Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx. 

Anagram in various languages


Anagrama = Amar gana (Love wins)


Anagramm = Am ragman








An anigram is anagram which animates to show itself at work. An example of anigram is at the home page of this site which shows how letters of the phrase "Internet Anagram Server" rearrange themselves to make "I, Rearrangement Servant". You can display your own anigrams on your own Web page. See here. 


An anugram is a true anagram. e.g.

Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one

All anugrams are anagrams but not all anagrams are anugrams.

Anagram Hall of Fame

Dictionary = Indicatory

Schoolmaster = The classroom

Elvis = Lives

Listen = Silent

Clint Eastwood = Old West Action

Madam Curie = Radium came

A telephone girl = Repeating "Hello"

Western Union = No Wire Unsent

The country side = No City Dust Here

Evangelist = Evil's Agent

Astronomers = Moon starers / No more stars

Postmaster = Stamp Store

A telescope = To see place

The eyes = They see

The cockroach = Cook, catch her

Waitress = A stew, Sir?

The centenarians = I can hear ten "tens"

Desperation = A rope ends it

I run to escape = A persecution

The Morse Code = Here Come Dots

The Meaning of Life = The fine game of nil

Slot Machines = Cash Lost in'em

Conversation = Voices Rant On

Disraeli = I lead, Sir.

Clothespins = So let's pinch

Mr. Mojo risin' = Jim Morrison
(from the Doors song, "L.A. Woman")

The Great New York Rapid Transit Tunnel = Giant work in street, partly underneath

Florence Nightingale = Nigel, Fetch an Iron Leg / Flit on Cheering Angel
(Richard Stilgoe in "The Richard Stilgoe Letters")

MacDonalds = Clam and Sod

Darling I love you = leaving your idol / Avoiding our yell 

Butterfly = Flutter-by 

Heavy Rain? = Hire a Navy! 

Tom Cruise = So I'm Cuter 

Animosity = Is No Amity

Mother-in-law = Woman Hitler

Funeral = Real Fun

Protectionism = Nice to imports

A domesticated animal = Docile, as a man Tamed it

The Railroad Train = Hi! I Rattle and Roar

The Hilton = Hint: Hotel

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss = Stroller on Go, Amasses Nothing

Sunshine and Shadow = Show in Sun and Shade

The Check is in the Mail = Claim "Heck, I sent it (heh)"

The United States Bureau of Fisheries = I Raise the Bass to Feed Us in the Future

Snooze Alarms = Alas! No More Z's

Vacation Times = I'm Not as Active

Software = Swear Oft

Silicon Graphics = A Long Chip Crisis / Can logic ship, sir? / Gosh, sir, I can clip!

Alec Guinness = Genuine Class
(Dick Cavett)

The Detectives = Detect Thieves

The Hospital Ambulance = A Cab, I Hustle to Help Man

Semolina = Is No Meal

The United States of America = Attaineth its cause, freedom

Christmas tree = Search, Set, Trim

A Gentleman = Elegant Man

Presbyterians = Best In Prayers = Britney Spears

The Public Art Galleries = Large Picture Halls, I Bet

A Decimal Point = I'm a Dot in Place

The Earthquakes = That Queer Shake

Salman Rushdie = Read, Shun Islam

Martin Scorsese = Screen is a storm
(the director of movies "Taxi Driver," "Mean Streets," "GoodFellas," "Cape Fear," and "Age of Innocence.")

Barbie doll = I'll bare bod / Babe I'd roll / Liberal bod

Student Information Processing Board = Computation Transgression Forbidden

Statue of Liberty = Built to Stay Free

Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one

Patrick Stewart = A Crap Trek Twist

Mel Gibson = Bong Smile

Admirer = Married

Indomitableness = Endless ambition

New York Times = Monkeys write / Monkey writes
(by Andrew Glines)

Television programming = Permeating living rooms
(by Dan)

David Letterman = Nerd amid late TV

Howard Stern = Retard shown

Contradiction = Accord not in it
(by E. Tyron)

Debit card = Bad credit
(by Mike Morton)

God save us all = Salvaged soul
(by Dawn Amos)

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