related topics
{language, word, form}
{work, book, publish}
{god, call, give}
{day, year, event}
{film, series, show}
{theory, work, human}
{math, number, function}
{system, computer, user}
{game, team, player}
{son, year, death}
{@card@, make, design}
{land, century, early}
{water, park, boat}
{food, make, wine}
{woman, child, man}
{government, party, election}

An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; e.g., orchestra = carthorse, A decimal point = I'm a dot in place. Someone who creates anagrams is called an anagrammatist.[1] The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram.

Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled anagrammatists is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. George Bush = He bugs Gore; Madonna Louise Ciccone = Occasional nude income or One cool dance musician; William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller, Tom Marvolo Riddle = I am Lord Voldemort, Roger Meddows-Taylor = Great words or melody.



The creation of anagrams assumes an alphabet, the symbols of which are to be permuted. In a perfect anagram, every letter must be used, with exactly the same number of occurrences as in the anagrammed word or phrase; any result that falls short is called an imperfect anagram. Diacritics are usually disregarded (this is usually not relevant for English anagrams), and standard orthography is to be used.


Anagrams can be traced back to the time of Moses, as "Themuru" or changing, which was to find the hidden and mystical meaning in names.[2] They were popular throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, for example with the poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut,[3] They are said to go back at least to the Greek poet Lycophron, in the third century BCE;[4] but this relies on an account of Lycophron given by John Tzetzes in the 12th century.

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