What’s an Anagram?

Anagram is a form of word play in which letters of a word or phrase are rearranged in such a way that a new word or phrase is formed.


We play with words in our everyday life to create anagrams that are funny and witty. Usually, anagrams are most interesting when they are relevant to each other. Some hilarious examples are given in the picture and below:


• Mother-in-law = Hitler woman

• Debit card = Bad credit

• The earthquakes = The queer shakes

• Punishments = Nine Thumps

• School master = The classroom


Anagrams are commonly used in both everyday life and literature. They, if relevant, provide instances of wit and humor. Additionally, this word play presents itself as a recreational activity in the form of word puzzles to sharpen the deciphering skills of kids as well as adults.


In literature, authors may use anagrams to hide their identity by coining a pseudonym for themselves but still giving interesting clues to keen observers. Similarly, the anagrammatic names of characters and places in a literary piece add layers of meanings to the otherwise nonsense names and therefore further motivate and develop interest in the readers. In mystery or detective novels and short stories, anagrams play a vital role in proving clues to unfold a mystery.


The Da Vinci CodeIf you have watched “The Da Vinci Code”– you’ve got to watch it if you haven’t – you will notice the anagrams used in that movie: “O Draconian devil Oh lame saint” is one of them, which when the letters are re-arranged, spells Leonardo da Vinci and The Mona Lisa. I’ll have to admit decoding an anagram is not easy!


Can you decipher these anagrams?

Hint: Both anagrams represent famous people.

1. We all make his praise.

2. Hasn’t wig on?


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