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Anagrams: just pure fun or revealing truths?

Updated on August 5, 2011

Some years ago a good friend introduced me to the fun of Anagrams. It is a relaxing game, that usually doesn't require partners unless you're playing to win as with the well-known board game adaption of it, Scrabble. There is another fine word jumble game simply called Anagram, available from Oxford Games, Ltd.There is also online anagram makers such as the Internet Anagram Server at wordsmith.org. One that is a little different is found at Anagram Genius, where, if your word has enough letters, can be rearranged into humorous words.

But to do anagrams the old fashioned way is rather simple. All one needs to enjoy making anagrams is a collection words or names (with precise spelling), pencil, scissors and paper in which to write down and cut out the individual letters of each word. With only these few items you're set to make your anagrams: start off by choosing a word and begin rearranging the letters to find entirely new words created from the letters of the original word.

Now while most people look upon anagrams as just a fun activity, others feel that anagrams can reveal significant connotations, especially when the newly derived or revealed words come from a person's name. As example let's consider my name: BETH PERRY

Using the jumbling power of anagrams we can reveal some interesting twists of the letters. The new words I've found with my name includes: 1. Berth pyre 2. Thy pee brr 3. Bet her pry and 4. herb typer That first one reminds me that yes, after I go want to be cremated. The second just makes me giggle - tells me that my pee must be cold, right? LOL. The third one? Yeah, I like to pry into the mysterious (probably one of the reasons I enjoy anagrams). But as for that fourth one, well it does make me go hmmm. "Herb typer" - this is Interesting in so much as I have been typing since I was ten years old, and am a professional author. I also spent some years learning about alternative herbal medicines.

In the picture of Bill Gates up above you can see other examples of anagrams that could very well make one go Hmm! For when scrabbling the letters of his name I came up with 1. Stale glib, 2. legal bits, 3. tag labels and 4. I belt gals. While I don't know if these anagrams indicate some defining, pertinent info about the man's soul or are simply coincidental, it is fascinating to see tag labels and legal bits turn up, don't you agree? I'm sure there may be others for the name Bill Gates, but I'll leave that for others to have fun with.

The following are more celebrity anagrams. I picked these celebrities at random, from a hat filled with pieces of paper with names on them. Except for the last few, which are persons with significant standing in contemporary world politics. I was particularly curious in seeing what anagrams would turn up with their names so included them here. Anyway, I will leave it to you, dear reader, to decide if these anagrams are humorous, silly or -just perhaps- they reveal some interesting underlying truth about the respective individual.

Random celebrity anagrams


Stephenie Meyer (author of the Twilight series)

Hey Teen premise

Yes he mi preteen

Pet shy eerie men


Selena Gomez (teen pop star)

Me A Lozenges

Sleaze gnome


Adam Sandler (actor & comedian)

Mad lad earns

A darn damsel

Lend as drama


Herman Cain (presidential contender/Godfather's Pizza CEO)

Him can earn

Inane charm

He in cam ran


Jon Stewart (actor/comedy show host)

Jet star now

Rotten jaws


Michelle Malkin (conservative blogger)

Anemic hell milk

Me kill him clean


Justin Bieber (teen pop star)

Jibe bun tires

Jet urine bibs


Sandra Bullock (actress)

Darn black soul

Solar luck band


Orlando Bloom (actor)

Rob a moon doll

No moral blood


Casey Anthony (FL. resident convicted of lying to law officers)

A scanty honey

Ye an achy snot


Joy Behar (comedienne/talk show co-host)

Hoe by jar

Rehab joy


Conan O'Brien (comedian/TV host)

Bonnie acorn

No on rice ban

No bone in car


Michelle Obama (U.S. First Lady)

Hello ice mamba

Limbo meal ache

Ah a commie belle

Mocha bile meal


Bill O’Reilly (TV pundit)

Yo rill liberal

Lib yell roil


Anthony Weiner (disgraced former NY congressman)

A new nite horny

Tony earn whine


Sarah Palin (Former AK governor)

Ah Iran Slap

A sharp nail

Has Iran pal

Sharia plan

I ran alphas


Brad Pitt (actor)

Bat dript


Angelina Jolie (actress)

One genial jail

Join in eel gala


Lady Gaga (pop performer)

A glad gay

A lady gag


Ellen Degeneres (comedienne/popular talk show host)

Lend serene glee

Legend leer seen


James Randi (former stage magician/alleged psychic debunker)

Id ram jeans

sardine jam

denims ajar


Tiger Woods (pro golfer)

Got so weird

Worst id ego

I grew to sod

Worst dogie


Anagrams of some current political figures

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iranian president)

Om Mu a handmade Jihad

He a odium hadj madman

Duh a Daemon Hadj Imam

A damn Hadji hued Ammo

Had a Jihad dune Momma

Mom a dead human jihad

Me a mad humanoid Hadj


Ayman al-Zawahri (Osama Bin Laden’s chosen successor in al-Qaeda)

A hazy war animal

Aw a lazy hair man

aim hazy raw anal

Hi ala am zany war


George Soros (Hungarian-born billionaire/financier)

ergo so ogres

gross ore ego

egos or gorse

ergo gore sos


Vladimir Putin (Russian Prime Minister)

Dump it in rival

I limp vain turd

Put in livid arm

Trivial mind up


Barack Hussein Obama (U.S. President)

a Bush risk me no baaac

Smoke a cabana hubris

am chaos nukes a rabbi

A casaba bush moniker

charisma nukes a boob

aims urban bake chaos

aha eco bub masks iran


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  • stars439 profile image

    stars439 

    7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Neat hub. I like "Bonnie acorn," you found for Conan Obrien. I could just see him cutting up over it. He is such a silly thing that man. God Bless you Precious heart. Interesting hub.

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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Kitty, I came up with a bunch with your name. Here are some (a few sound a little naughty):

    Tidy talc knife

    Dinky cat filet

    Finely tact kid

    Lacked tiny fact

    Kindly tie fact

    Cattily Fed Ink

    Attic inked fly

    Lack nifty edit

    Ate Dicky Flint

    Tiny tickle fan

    Nick fly at tide

    Elk find at city

    Nifty clad kite

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    How cool, Beth! I had no idea what an anagram even was until I read your hub...very interesting. I read it from beginning to end and was entertained the entire time. How would my anagram go? Kitty Canfield?

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    Husky1970 

    7 years ago

    An interesting twist to anagrams. Some of these had me laughing. 90 Uh Sky 17.

  • Farmer Brown profile image

    Farmer Brown 

    7 years ago

    Good fun! Perhaps a new hobby : )

  • Paradise7 profile image

    Paradise7 

    7 years ago from Upstate New York

    I found it interesting; there started to be a pattern there.

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