What does Farm Washing Tuna have in common with Fun With Anagrams? They have the same letters, but re-arranged, and that is a talent I’d love to have: to be able to create anagrams on the fly. As a form of wordplay, anagrams are like the cousins third time removed of spoonerisms (another cool, and sometimes unintentional ability; to wit Dorothy Parker, “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy”), and ranks right up with my fascination with Chicktionary, Text Twist, and kangaroo words (Scrabble, less so). Anagrams intrigue me. Sometimes anagrams result in the (more or less) same definition, with a twist of satire thrown in.
|AMIABILITY = AMITY ALIBI||CALLOUSNESS = LANCES SOULS|
|CHRISTMAS = TRIMS CASH||CONDEMNATION = CANNED MOTION|
|DYNAMITE = MADE TINY||EQUESTRIAN = EQUINE ARTS|
|MARRIAGE = GRIM AREA||MEDICAL DOCTOR = DOCTORAL MEDIC|
|POLITICIANS = SOLICIT PAIN||VEGETARIAN = IRATE VEGAN|
Other times, there is a whole new and different meaning. Or meanings. And it is those out-of-left-field meanings that make me think of career possibilities like secret agent, cryptologist, or anagrammatician at large. It’s like hiding in plain sight: you’re still speaking (and/or writing) in English, but no one has a clue what you’re saying (not that I needed anagrams to do that for me). These anagrams were created with the Internet Anagram Server on www.wordsmith.org/anagram and the Anagram Genius software, although I found the former to be much more helpful (not to mention, less hyped).
|ALCOHOLISM = COCOA HILLS||CONFEDERATION = AFTERNOON DICE|
|ENCYCLOPEDIA = OPEN DELICACY||NAIL POLISH = PIANO HILLS|
|ODYSSEY = SOY DYES||PARTIAL LOBOTOMY = MAYOR POTATO BILL|
|PORTMANTEAU = PURPLE MATRON||SACCHARINE = ASHCAN RICE|
|SNAKE OIL = KALE IONS||XENOPHOBIA = OH! APE IN BOX|
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