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Table of Contents

· Introduction

· What is an anagram?

· What are some examples?

· Do anagrams always need to be apt?

· Are there any unusual varieties of anagram?

· What is the longest anagram ever created?

· What are the hallmarks of a good anagram?

· What is the longest one-word anagram?

· What set of letters has the most one-word anagrams?

· What is the history of anagrams?

· How do you create anagrams?

What are some examples?

Anagrams which tend to be preferred by anagrammatists those that are related to, or gives insight into, the text being anagrammed. Here are some discoveries or rediscoveries by Anagrammy contributors:

Many of these are winners of the Grand Anagrammy Awards, where the best anagrams of the year are voted on.

A further, very large list of anagrams of Wikipedia articles (which we believe to be computer-generated) can be found here.

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Some general ones
  • A Chevrolet = Love the car! (Meyran Kraus, 1998)
  • Gin and Vermouth = Hung over, damn it! (Art Day, 1999)
  • Stipend = Spend it. (Jon Gearhart, 1999)
  • Stone age = Stage one. (John Morahan, 1999)
  • An hermaphrodite = O, I'm part he and her! (David A. Green, 2001)
  • A carton of cigarettes = I got a taste for cancer. (Meyran Kraus, 2002)
  • Adult novels = Love and lust! (Tom Myers, 2002)
  • The articulate person = He utters a clear point. (Jesse Frankovich, 2003)
  • New Year's Resolution = Notions we rarely use. (Adrian Hickford, 2003)
  • Isn't "romantic and erotic" ~ a contradiction in terms? (Richard Grantham, 2003)
  • What is the square root of nine? = THREE, for an equation shows it! (Hans-Peter Reich, 2004)
  • Archaeologists = Goal is to search. (Ellie Dent, 2005)
  • Metamorphosis = Promises a moth. (Andrew Brehaut, 2006)
  • Military weapon = Employ it in a war. (Meyran Kraus, 2007)
  • What is forgetfulness? = Losing where stuff's at. (Christopher Sturdy, 2008)
  • You can't teach an old dog new tricks = Work on educating old cats. They can! (Adie Pena, 2009)
  • Italian crime boss = A Sicilian mobster. (Meyran Kraus, 2010)
  • Suicide note = I used it...once! (Rick Rothstein, 2011)
  • The supervillain = His plan? True evil! (Scott Gardner, 2012)
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Political & Topical Satire
  • Adolf Hitler. = Heil, old fart! (Jean Fontaine, 1998)
  • Milosevic = Cos I'm evil. (Larry Brash, 1999)
  • George Bush. = He bugs Gore. (Don P. Fortier, 1999)
  • George "Dubya" Bush = Boy, he'd bugger USA. (Andrew MacCormack, 2000)
  • The Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic = Damning evil policy, Serbs voted asshole out. (Rick Rothstein, 2000)
  • Osama bin Laden = A bad man (no lies). (Larry Brash, 2001)
  • Usama bin Laden = Damnable in U.S.A.! (Zoran Radisavlevic, 2001)
  • Weapons of mass destruction = U.S. owns most - and it's for 'peace'????? (Richard Grantham, 2002)
  • President George W. Bush = This bugger needs power. (Richard Grantham, 2003)
  • The Second Bush Inauguration = In truth, USA, once is bad enough. (Toby Gottfried, 2005)
  • A question to G.W. that he prefers to ignore: ~ When are these troops getting out of iraq? (Meyran Kraus, 2006)
  • A crisis on Wall Street ~ will start a recession. (Ellie Dent, 2008)
  • The U.S. says "Good-bye!" = Yes, Bush goes today! (Adie Pena, 2009)
  • The Pope's view on contraception = It is one concept he won't approve. (Dean Mayer, 2010)
  • Australian Floods = Our island's afloat! (Larry Brash, 2011)
  • The late Neil Armstrong = Among the interstellar. (David Bourke, 2012)
  • The brilliant, prized results: 4-1 Montenegro, 2-0 Poland = Thrilled England supporters on to meet in Brazil, 2014 (Christopher Sturdy, 2013)
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Famous places & things
  • United States Of America. = Its cause: attain freedom. (Dan Fortier, 1999)
  • Medicinal marijuana. = A cure? I'm in a damn jail. (Larry Brash, 1999)
  • The great pyramid of Cheops = My God! Perfect Pharaoh site! (Richard Brodie, 2000)
  • Harley Davidson Motorcycles = Very costly old road machines. (Larry Brash, 2000)
  • Seven Eleven Incorporated = Open it and never ever close! (Meyran Kraus, 2001)
  • Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei = The elite pure-racist Hitler-based Nazi association. (Richard Grantham, 2001)
  • United States of America = Mac and Fries Eat-out Site. (Larry Brash, 2001)
  • A Nintendo Gameboy = Made to be annoying. (James H. Young, 2001)
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome = Uproar over recent mystery disease. (Richard Grantham, 2003)
  • The National Rifle Association = Fanatical loonies are into this. (Chris Doyle, 2004)
  • Castle, knight, armour... = King Arthur's Camelot. (Adrian Hickford, 2005)
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa = I spot one giant flaw here... (Meyran Kraus, 2005)
  • Microsoft Help and Support Website = Stupid patch! Problem is often worse! (Meyran Kraus, 2006)
  • France's Arc de Triomphe = Charmed centre of Paris. (Andrew Brehaut, 2008)
  • Himalayan Mount Everest = A summit nearly to Heaven. (Dharam Khalsa, 2009)
  • McDonalds Restaurant chain = Standard lunch to Americans. (Andrew Brehaut, 2010)
  • The Aston Martin DBS = Mr. Bond's in that seat. (Scott Gardner, 2011)
  • Old Spice Aftershave = Splashed it over face. (Larry Brash, 2012)
  • The American fast food giant McDonalds = Digest a ton of fat and random chemicals. (Meyran Kraus, 2013)
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Famous People
  • Chairman Mao. = I am on a march. (Mick Tully, 1998, Wayne Baisley, 1999)
  • Diana, The Princess of Wales = Elton's idea is crap. He fawns. (Larry Brash, 1998)
  • Elvis Aaron Presley. = Seen alive? Sorry, pal! (David Bourke, 1999)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. = A famous German waltz god. (Earle Jones, 1999)
  • Robert Schumann. = Brahms' Nocturne. (Meyran Kraus, 1999)
  • Thomas Alva Edison = Aha! Ions made volts! (Larry Brash, 1999)
  • William Shakespeare = I'll make a wise phrase. (Richard Grantham, 2000)
  • Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy = O, it's a lovely thick novel! (Richard Grantham, 2000)
  • The Israeli general, Moshe Dayan = Hail, great hairless one-eyed man! (Richard Grantham, 2000)
  • Sir Peter Paul Rubens = Superb painter rules. (Jaybur, 2000)
  • Miss Venus Williams = I'll win massive sums. (Jaybur, 2000)
  • Yasmin Le Bon = Mainly bones. (Adrian Hickford, 2001)
  • William Butler Yeats = Sit, write me a lullaby. (Meyran Kraus, 2001)
  • His Holiness Pope John Paul the Second = The one old chap Jesus phones in Polish. (Richard Grantham, 2002)
  • Bill Clinton, the former president of the USA = On reflection, I'd still prefer the man to Bush! (Meyran Kraus, 2004)
  • Will Shakespeare ~ speaks well, I hear. (Ellie Dent, 2005)
  • The President of the United States of America = Incompetent, hated head of state terrifies us. (Andrew Brehaut, 2006)
  • William Clinton, the former president of the USA = I am now free of politics... I let the Mrs. run the land! (Meyran Kraus, 2007)
  • George Bush ="Bugger! Shoe!"(Meyran Kraus, 2008)
  • President Obama = Man to be praised. (Adie Pena, 2009)
  • Springsteen = Spent singer. (Neil Ramsay, 2010)
  • Severiano Ballesteros = Valor es sobresaliente. (Neil Ramsay, 2011)
  • British scientist Stephen William Hawking = Knew spacetime with his brilliant insights. (Nedesto, 2012)
  • Mandela, the president of South Africa = "The land of our fathers is emancipated." (Meyran Kraus, 2013)
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Entertainment
  • The Artist formerly known as 'Prince' = No first-rate workmanship recently! (William Tunstall-Pedoe, 1998)
  • I Can't Get No Satisfaction. = A fantastic song - notice it! (Paul Lusch, 1998)
  • "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson = A lesson's been due, boy! Silver turns traitor. (Steve Krakowski, 1999)
  • The Three Stooges: Larry, Curly and Moe. = Actors? Lord, they're an ugly threesome! (Larry Brash, 1999)
  • Sydney Pollack's "Tootsie" = Testicles on lady? Spooky... (Meyran Kraus, 1999)
  • Eurovision Song Contest. = I vote on cretinous songs. (Kevin Hale, 1999)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. = Crap LP sung by the LSD-prone Beatles. (David Bourke, 1999)
  • Miss America Pageant. = I'm a greasepaint scam! (Tom Myers, 1999)
  • Charles Dickens's 'Oliver Twist' = The classic writer's kids' novel! (Meyran Kraus, 2001)
  • 'The Lord of the Rings' by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien = Thrilling nether-land journey of three old books. (Richard Grantham, 2001)
  • Ceiling murals of the Sistine Chapel = Hail Michelangelo's finest pictures! (Meyran Kraus, 2004)
  • Rap music ~ is, um... crap. (zolrakk, 2005)
  • C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" = We enter a world which is behind that closet. (Meyran Kraus, 2006)
  • 'Oliver Twist'. The novel by Charles Dickens = Scrawny bloke sent child to thieve silver! (Tony Crafter, 2007)
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull = All on set think Lucas and Ford enjoyed making this. (Rosie Perera, 2008)
  • Conceptual artist Andy Warhol = A red soup can! Why not call it art? (Dharam Khalsa, 2009)
  • 'The Social Network' = Owner likes to chat. (View, 2010)
  • Murals on the Sistine Chapel ceiling = This is Michelangelo's true pinnacle. (Harshal M., 2011)
  • Mad genius Dr. No = Dangerous mind! (Meyran Kraus, 2012)
  • The fictional hero James Bond = I often charm ladies on the job. (Meyran Kraus, 2013)
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Famous Quotes
  • Religion is the opium of the masses. = Sometimes, if theologian is pusher. (Larry Brash, 1998)
  • If at first you don't succeed. = Try deft, if cautious, second! (Michael Jeans-Jakobsson, 1998)
  • I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. = Tony's sham tribute - "Ciao, ciao, Emperor!" (Larry Brash, 1998)
  • For the evil that men do ~ doth live on after them. (Rick Rothstein, 2005)
  • "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong = Note an immortal phrase, spoken after gallant men's first moon-landing. (Tony Crafter, 2006)
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Longer Quotes
  • Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe."
    =
    He, Lewis, grabbed the vibrant role,
    Assembled dreams and rhymes with glee,
    But vowed that one most mighty goal:
    Originality.
    (Mike Keith, 2001)
  • "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,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them?"
    =
    Is a befitting quote from one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. But why won't Hamlet's inspiring motto toss our stubborn hero's tortuous battle for life, on one hand, and death, on another? (Larry Brash, 1998)
  • "That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for Mankind.", Neil A. Armstrong. =
    A thin man ran; makes a large stride, left planet, pins flag on Moon. On to Mars! (Steve Krakowski, 1998)
  • "That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong =
    An "Eagle" lands on Earth's moon, making a first small permanent footprint. (Larry Brash, 2002)
  • "Preamble to the United States Constitution"
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    =
    Columbus to Perry, Edison to Einstein, Ruth to Ryan, Reuter to Hoffa, Disney to Spielberg: O honored pioneers! Adventurous to timid, carefree to burdened, refined optimists to crude pessimists, enfeebled to health nuts; Republicans to Democrats, Christians to Jews; Harlem to Watts, Queens to Glendale, Fifth Avenue to Main Street, Atlantic to Pacific: no lie, 'tis home to the free! (Richard Brodie, 1999)

If you want to learn how to create long anagrams, much longer than these examples, read this article on The Art of Long Anagramming.

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Updated: February 07, 2014


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