Words that share the same letters as eachother are anagrams.

Easy Examples of Anagrams

  • stop, tops, opts, pots, and spot
  • (These words share the same letters. They are anagrams.)
  • secure and rescue

More Examples of Anagrams

The best anagrams share related, often humorous meanings as well as the same letters.
  • Dormitory and dirty room
  • Elvis and lives
  • Eleven plus two and twelve plus one
If there's a better anagram than this, then I haven't seen it:
  • "To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." (Playwright William Shakespeare)
  • "In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten." (Cory Calhoun)
Yeah, I know. Genius.

Why Should I Care about Anagrams?

Anagrams are usually created just for fun, but, for teachers, creating anagrams can be a useful way to encourage students to play with letters and words.

Anagrams can also have another, more business-like use though as they can make a message more impactful and memorable. Consider these anagrams:
  • The country side and no city dust here
  • Heavy rain and Hire a navy
The first anagram could help with making an anti-pollution message more impactful and memorable, while the second could help in a bid to improve flood defences. (You might have to point out that they're anagrams though.)

Key Point

Anagrams are usually created just for fun, but a clever anagram could help with making a message more impactful and memorable.
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