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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 set of letters has the most one-word anagrams?

One problem in answering this question is that there is no one authority as to what constitutes a legitimate word. Ross Eckler's "Making the Alphabet Dance" lists 24 anagrams of the letters 'aest', but many of these are quite obscure and they are drawn from a wide range of sources.

Merriam-Webster's unabridged dictionary contains entries for these 14 words:

anestri, asterin, eranist, nastier, ratines, resiant, restain, retains, retinas, retsina, sainter, stainer, starnie, stearin.

Other wordplay sources omit some of these words and/or add others, including the multi-word anagrams 'tin ears' and 'in tears'.

Word Ways has for some years been collecting anagrams of 'aeginrst'. William Tunstall-Pedoe indicates that a whopping 157 of these have some justification. 

[Source: alt.anagrams FAQ by Anna Shefl]

Updated: May 10, 2016


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