English Grammar Basic Grammar and syntax

What are anagrams? (with examples)

What are anagrams? (with examples)

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

Easy Examples of Anagrams

  • stop, tops, opts, pots, and spot
  • stool and tools
  • secure and rescue

Cuando las palabras comparten las mismas letras, son anagramas.

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

Si hay un anagrama mejor que este de Cory Calhoun, entonces no lo he visto:

“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.“
“In one of the Bard’s best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.“

The Longest Single-Word Anagrams

  • hydroxydeoxycorticosterones and hydroxydesoxycorticosterone
  • conversationalists and conservativeists
    (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 helpful way to encourage students to play with letters and words.

Anagrams can also have another more commercial use, 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 make an anti-pollution message more impactful and memorable, while the second could help in an attempt to improve flood defences. (You may need to point out that they are anagrams.)


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

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