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What Are Some Funny Examples of Anagrams?

There are many funny anagrams, including "dirty room" and "dormitory;" "slot machines" and "cash lost in me;" and "snooze alarms" and "Alas! No more Zs!" Anagrams are words or phrases rearranged into another word or phrase using the same letters exactly once. Other funny anagrams include "the eyes" and "they see;" "election results" and "lies, let's recount;" and "a decimal point" and "I'm a dot in place."

More facts about wordplay:

  • Anagrams were considered a very witty type of wordplay in Latin, and many Latin anagrams still exist. One of the most famous ones uses the first part of the Ave Maria, which is "Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum," meaning "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you." The Latin phrase could be turned into "Virgo serena, pia, munda et immaculata," which translates into "Serene virgin, pious, clean and spotless."

  • Though many people consider only perfect anagrams, in which every original letter is reused exactly once, to count as anagrams, there are alternative rules and exceptions that allow certain letters to be dropped or exchanged. For instance, some wordplay books allow anagram creators to exchange "s" and "z."

  • Some more examples of anagrams include "Hamlet," which Shakespeare created as an anagram from the name of a legendary Danish prince named Amleth; and "Torchwood," a Doctor Who spin-off that is an anagram of the original's title. Also, if you type the word "anagram" into Google, you will get a suggested search of "Did you mean: nag a ram?"

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