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What Are Anagrams? (with Examples)

Anagrams are words that share the same letters as each other.

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Easy Examples of Anagrams

  • stop, tops, opts, pots, and spot
  • stool and tools
  • secure and rescue
When words share the same letters, they are anagrams.

Examples of Funny Anagrams

Anagrams are usually created just for fun. They are most effective when their meanings are associated or even the same. For example:
  • Dormitory and Dirty Room
  • Elvis and Lives
  • The country side and No City Dust Here
  • Heavy Rain and Hire a Navy
  • Eleven plus two and Twelve plus one

An Example of a Long and Clever Anagram

If there's a better anagram than this one by Cory Calhoun, 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."
and
"In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten."

A Widget to Build Anagrams

The Longest Single-Word Anagrams

Here are the longest single-word anagrams:
  • hydroxydeoxycorticosterones and hydroxydesoxycorticosterone
  • conversationalists and conservationalists
  • (This the longest non-scientific single-word anagram.)

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.)

Ready for the Test?
Here is a confirmatory test for this lesson.

This test can also be:
  • Edited (i.e., you can delete questions and play with the order of the questions).
  • Printed to create a handout.
  • Sent electronically to friends or students.

See Also

Try our anagram builder. What is a palindrome? What is an oxymoron? What is alliteration What is assonance? What is consonance? What is a logosglyph? Glossary of grammatical terms