Like many other Ragan and PR Daily readers, I’m always looking for ways to keep my writing fresh. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been playing around with rhetorical devices, such as alliteration, metaphors, and euphemisms.
I’ve been having the most fun with anagrams.
Anagrams are words or phrases that are formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase, using the original letters only once (dictionary: indicatory).
There are several online anagram servers for novices (Internet Anagram Server, Word Explorer, and Online Anagram Solver), but as I’ve discovered, the goal of experienced anagrammatists is to create anagrams that reflect or comment on the original word. Here are some examples:
a decimal point: I’m a dot in place
a gentleman: elegant man
an aisle: is a lane
astronomers: moon starers
Christmas: trims cash
conversation: voices rant on
eleven plus two: twelve plus one
my ideal time: immediately