Perhaps by dint of the arrival of the summer, I’ve taken increased joy in anagramming. I doubt that this will surprise many of you, as it seems precisely like the kind of profoundly useless undertaking that I would find myself dedicated to sometime around three in the morning. In my view, however, anything that can turn “William Shakespeare” into “I am a weakish speller” is pretty cool.
It is my intention to attempt to write some anagrammatic poetry over the course of the next few weeks; albeit that I doubt that I’ll be able to create anything of note, I’ll post my tries. I’ll also do my best to create Latin anagrams from well-known Latin phrases. All of this, if I remain as excited as I currently am about it, will be undertaken manually.
For now, I’ve an interesting exercise for those interested. Noting that an anagram is only created if all of the letters of the original word or phrase are utilized, this cannot theoretically be associated with the term. Nevertheless, it’s fun!
That said, I remember once having been told that the letters in the word “planets” can be alternatively combined to form ninety-two other words. In one case (excluding, obviously, the word itself), from what I’ve thus far been able to note, all of the letters may be used. How many can you list? I’ve taken down eighty-seven in the last forty-eight minutes, much of which time was spent glaring viciously at a blinking text cursor. I am now thoroughly and irrefutably stuck. Something tells me that I’ll be sitting here for a long, long time.