Anagrams are words or sentences in which the letters have been rearranged to make a different meaning. For instance:
- Mary → army
- parliament → partial men
- dormitory → dirty room
For you Harry Potter fans, you’ll know that Lord Voldemort is an anagram for another character in the story (actually, I think it was the sentence “I am Lord Voldemort”).
It’s a fun way to play with language, recycle vocabulary you already know and learn vocabulary you don’t know yet.
Here are a few sites that you can use to discover anagrams. Not all of the anagrams make much sense, and beware: there are a few naughty or possibly inappropriate words mixed in as well.
Wordsmith’s Anagrams: Type in any word or sentence and it will find anagrams for you. Again, not all the answers will make sense. There’s an advanced settings section you can click on to fine-tune your results.
Anagram Genius: Another place where you can type in a word or sentence and you’ll get anagrams. I tried “Tokyo Japan” and got this great anagram:
Anagrams Index: You can find a list of anagrams for everything from Disney movie titles to French cuisine to 1970s pop and rock bands. Here are a few examples:
- The Lion King → like nothing
- The Ulster Fry → utterly fresh
- Eric Clapton → narcoleptic (Sorry Mr. Clapton, but that’s pretty funny.)