I remember finding the Internet Anagram Server, some years ago, and (of course) plugging in my own name to check all the possibilities. It’s a good one for anagrams:
But I was soon to realize that not everyone’s name has so many interesting and (mostly) pleasant possibilities.
I remember at the time trying a co-worker’s name (eager to show off my new discovery: “hey, did you know your name was an anagram for…”), but when the anagrams appeared they wiped the grin right off my face. Here were the first three:
They get worse (Prating spit, Part gin spit & part pig nits, Grist pit nap, Grasp tit pin) and slightly better (Tsar tipping). But mostly worse.
I didn’t say a word.
Anagrams are particularly useful in political discussions, because you can say “did you know even Dubya’s name is an anagram for ‘he urges bog’?” And that proves your point, because damn — an anagram like that demonstrates the universe agrees with you.
Here are a few more “George Bush” anagrams to use for calling into talk shows:
Add in the “W” for more, like “Bush wore egg”, or “Bus egg whore” (whatever that means, it doesn’t sound good) or “How beg surge?” and “We go beg Rush”.
But complaining about Bush is old hat by now. How about the up & coming presidential wannabes? How would YOU vote if the only information you had on candidates were the anagrams of their names?
Well, John McCain can’t go far with his meager and low-quality results, completely nonsensical except for perhaps “Jam in conch” (what? uh, wash it out?) and “No cinch; jam”. Sounds like he has a tough time ahead.
Barack Obama is also weak, and skewed by too many A’s, though he does score the multi-culti & musically tasty “Maraca Kabob”, and if he ever leaves politics he might run the “Karma Boa Cab” company.
Mitt Romney starts well, with Minty Metro (obscure, but yes: many US subway systems would benefit from some serious odor management), and the humorous “Not try mime” (that’s for the best, Mitt). He wavers, though, with “memory tint”, which smacks of 1984-style reeducation plans. I prefer the untinted variety, thank you very much (though perhaps memory tint is a failing of many presidents). But wait — more research uncovers serious reasons to wonder if his presidency would be tainted by personal scandal:
John Edwards: much more promising. He engages the question of America’s “war on terror”, if cryptically (but at least he’s touching on the issue), with “Drowns Jehad” (Jehad is an alternate spelling of Jihad). Perhaps drowns Jihad as a concept, in more rational approaches to this conflict? But we’re in anagram land here, so we also get “Jehads drown” — suggesting that he’ll be overwhelmed by terrorist efforts. Analysis: unclear. The engagement with Islam continues, though, with “Hadj wonders”, and even the very interesting “Hadj ends row” (would he personally undertake the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, as a gesture of affinity to peaceful Muslims?)… but also the more ominous and action-movie-title flavored “Hadj: Red Snow”….. His platform also includes a number of silly comments, such as “Doh!! Jaws nerd!”, but overall: a strong candidate.
Mike Huckabee: Weak and strangely ditsy candidate. He’s ahead of McCain in terms of saying anything at all, but still… the anagrams that make sense tend towards the not-so-distinguished, such as “meek hick beau” and “Eek! I bake much!”. Beyond that, his responses to important platform questions mostly fall along the lines of “um… I bake cheek?” At least we’re getting signal on the line, but it’s mostly static.
Hillary Clinton has a lot to say, and though she’s not terribly good about staying on message, she is still definitely the candidate with class. The cultured, poetic nature of her anagrams make her stand out in a weak field:
Would she be a softy, though? Well, the poetic references glove an iron fist; she also comes in with the powerful and positive “Lynch Trial Lion” (encouraging prosecution for hate crimes), “Call iron, thinly” (a suggestion that she’s willing to use force, but no hawk), and “Lo, Tyrannic Hill!” (forceful, and either an outspoken critique of the current administration, or an ominous warning about her own… impossible to say). She makes some foreign policy references, with a few headline-like references to China: “China: Trill Only” and “China Trolly: Nil” (“trolly” is an alternate spelling for “trolley”)… perhaps she’s expressing some protectionism here? She rounds out the package with an oblique reference to the energy crisis: “canny oil thrill”. So… is that about clever handling of OPEC? Or is it actually “canny thrill oil”, a tepid-but-kinda-racy personal revelation? Impossible to say at this juncture.
Rudy Giuliani‘s results don’t look at all promising; with anagrams like these, it’s no surprise he’s trailing. They generally convey “I’d screw it up” (the word “ruin” shows up a lot):
Or on the other hand, he shows a weird, often mystic sexuality that isn’t exactly what most people seek in a president:
Conclusions: This race is still too early to call, though the Democrats seem to be ahead with strong candidates in Edwards & Clinton. Many questions remain, and hopefully they will be answered through more careful analysis: stay tuned.