Anagram can be a word or a phrase that is formed when you rearrange the letters of another word. For instance, if you rearrange the word ‘anagram’, it will make a new phrase ‘nag a ram’.
Writers may use anagram in their writings very cleverly and readers, in return, must be very clever enough to understand an anagram within a text.
You must be very careful while forming an anagram. It is compulsory to use the same letters of the original word or phrase to form an anagram, which is of a different arrangement.
In literature, one of the most famous anagrams used for the writer William Shakespeare is “I am a weakish speller”.
Why Writers use Anagram?
You must be thinking that is there any advantage of using anagram?
I must say that anagrams are one of the most famous literary devices. Writers do use them in order to create mystery, wit, and fun. Mostly, writers use anagrams if they wishe to comment on the subject. So, we can say that this particular literary device is a commentary that writers use very cleverly. In this way, readers go in the depth of the meaning of writing by discovering the actual or the original word. Anagrams are just like puzzles if used cleverly.
Many authors anagram their names and create pseudonym (pen name) for themselves. Below is the list with a few pseudonyms,
• Jim Morrison > Mr. Mojo Risin
• Dave Barrey > Ray Adverb
• Edward Gorey > Ogdred Weary
Apart from pseudonyms, writers do use anagrams within their writings as well, to make their writings more interesting and challenging for their readers. For instance, the writer J. K. Rowling has used an anagram ‘I am Lord Voldemort’ in her most famous ‘Harry Potter series’. She used this anagram for a character named ‘Tom Marvolo Riddle’. In this way, many other writers interestingly use this method to name their characters, places, things, or even occasions. You can find out such an example in Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. ‘Brobdingnag’, ‘Tribinia’, and ‘Langden’ are all anagrams that he used in his famous novel.
Other Examples of Anagram
• The Eyes > They see
• Mother-in-law > Woman Hitler
• Teacher > Cheater
• Angel > Glean
• Hardest >Dearths
• Old England > Golden Land
• Skill > Kills
• Lemon > Melon
• Earthquake > Heart quake
• Diary > Dairy
• Considerate > Care is noted
• A decimal point > A dot in place
• Signature > A true sign
Hence, we can say that only those people should use anagrams who want to create fun, wit and humor cleverly. People do use anagrams not only in writing but in everyday life as well. You can make an anagram just by rearranging the letters of the original word. You just have to be careful to use only those letters that the original word consists of. Writers create pseudonyms for themselves by anagramming their own names. They also use this method to name their characters or places.