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Aren't words a fun blessing?! Long time readers of my blog know that I love words and word play. One kind of word play that I have not done much with is the anagram — a word or phrase that is made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. The closest I've come to doing anything with anagrams is playing Boggle and Text Twist.

Students in my French lit courses always seem to be surprised to learn that several great names in French literature wrote under pseudonyms that were actually anagrams of their real names. In the sixteenth century Rabelais published his first book under the pseudonym of Alcofribas Nasier — an anagram of François Rabelais, minus the cedilla. The eighteenth-century author François-Marie Arouet wrote under a pseudonym. The Latinized spelling of his surname, Arouet, plus the initial letters of the sobriquet "le jeune" ("the younger," like our "junior," but spelled ieune back then instead of jeune) was rendered "AROVET LI." The anagram of that is the better-known name Voltaire.

Today's blog post is a some anagrams that I have accumulated through the years. Someone out there has way too much time on his hands. Remind me never to play Boggle or Scrabble with the person who came up with these!

The Original → The Anagram

dormitory → dirty room

the Morse code → here come dots

animosity → is no amity

snooze alarms → alas, no more Z's

the public art galleries → large picture halls, I bet

slot machines → cash lost in 'em

the eyes → they see

Presbyterian → best in prayer

semolina → is no meal

a decimal point → I'm a dot in place

schoolmaster → the classroom

Western Union → no wire unsent

the countryside → no city dust here

conversation → voices rant on

microwave → warm voice

Statue of Liberty → built to stay free

debit card → bad credit

the earthquakes → that queer shake

election results → lies - let's recount

contradiction → accord not in it

eleven plus two → twelve plus one

astronomer → moon starer

desperation → a rope ends it

year two thousand → a year to shut down

Alec Guinness → genuine class

Washington → hogs want in

George Bush → he bugs Gore

mother-in-law → woman Hitler

Here are several that took a lot of work.

The original:
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong

And the anagram, including his name:
"Thin man left planet, ran, makes a large stride, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!"

This next one is truly amazing!

The original:
"To be or not to be: that is the question, whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune."

The anagram:
"In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten."

I wonder if Shakespeare knew the anagram would work out that way when he wrote the original lines.


I found the following picture online recently. The message on the right is an anagram of the message on the left.

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All I can say is, wow!

There's a page on wordsmith.org [1] where you can enter text and have it converted to all the possible anagrams. It's fun to see what anagrams can come from your name. When I put in Barack Hussein Obama, here's one of the anagrams it came up with — "a casaba rube monkish." It doesn't say much, I guess, but....

You can play Text Twist for free online at games.yahoo.com [2]

If you come up with any funny anagrams, I hope you'll post them in a comment.

Becka returned safe and sound from Detroit this afternoon. I'm glad she had a good week with our daughter and her family, but I have to say it's awfully nice to have her back home. 🙂

For any of you BJ grads who read my blog — today was Heritage Day on campus (formerly known as Founder's Day). This year's program was about the history Rodeheaver Auditorium and the people heavily involved with it from the start. The Tozer quotation below figured heavily in the program.


"Life is a short and fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to give. Just when we appear to have attained some proficiency we are forced to lay our instruments down." - A. W. Tozer

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