Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Anagram Word Play: Cheeky Quote Day! 10 June 2009

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Elvis Presley in 1956 on Milton Berle show singing Hound Dog.

From Denny: What is an anagram? Bet you haven't thought about this idea in some time. Well, some people play with their food; writers play with their words! Rearrange words to create another word or phrase, often with hilarious results. You can only use the letters available and only once to produce your fun. The object is to produce another word or phrase that comments upon the original word or phrase used. Now that takes skill!

It can be a synonym, antonym, parody, criticism or praise of the subject used. Here are a couple of funny examples: George Bush = He bugs Gore, Madonna Louise Ciccone = Occasional nude income, and the most famous writer for 400 years now, William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller.

Today it isn’t quite the brain teaser task it once was. Today we have the internet with fun sites like Wordsmith and Anagram Genius to provide us with the resources of anagram generators.

Anagrams have quite a history as they were popular in the Middle Ages in Europe as well as Greece all the way back to 300 BCE.

I threw the phrase “economic depression” into wordsmith’s generator and up popped all kinds of crazy combinations. The one I liked best was “comedic opines snore.”

From the folks over at are a few examples of funny anagrams from their Anagram Hall of Fame.

Elvis = Lives

Listen = Silent

Internet Anagram Server = Isn't rearrangement rave?

Dormitory = Dirty Room

Dictionary = Indicatory

Schoolmaster = The classroom

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

The Morse Code = Here Come Dots

The Meaning of Life = The fine game of nil

Waitress = A stew, Sir?

Conversation = Voices Rant On

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

Mother-in-law = Woman Hitler

Funeral = Real Fun

Protectionism = Nice to imports

A domesticated animal = Docile, as a man Tamed it

Butterfly = Flutter-by

Heavy Rain? = Hire a Navy!

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

A Decimal Point = I'm a Dot in Place

The Earthquakes = That Queer Shake

Statue of Liberty = Built to Stay Free

And the best for last, a Biblical quote:
'And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.' = The Word engendered Light as a blast. A delight hit.

Now I double dare you to create a poem out of anagrams! Yikes! That might take me a few months to construct... if ever... BTW, that's a portrait of "me" sleeping on the family dog who's a generous soul...;)

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