12.17.2006

words

I love palindromes, and I love anagrams. I guess it's my love of words and language, combined with my enjoyment of puzzles and games. I can't make palindromes at all, and maybe that's partly why I like them.

For reasons unknown, Allan recently started making anagrams of Red Sox players' names. (Scroll down.) I joined in - and then continued because it was annoying a neocon. (Did I ever claim to be mature?) So there I was, wracking my brain to use up all the letters, only to learn that Allan's astounding anagrams were more easily acquired: he used one of the many online anagram generators.

So folks, anagrams for "we move to canada"?

The only rule is you've got to do it on your own, no using anagram sites. You're on the honour system. Be (or be like) good Canadians: pay your fare, don't cross against the lights, and think up anagrams on your own.

I'll warn you, we do have a Scrabble champion in our midst.

49 comments:

Nigel Patel said...

I'm so bad with word puzzles. I listen to the Puzzle Master, Will Shortz on Weekend Edittion and feel my IQ drop.
But I've always felt that the word for "Palindrome" should have been a palindrome itself.

L-girl said...

I'm great at crossword puzzles, but I totally suck at Scrabble. Not sure how that works.

Palindrome would be better as a palindrome, yes. What should we call it? Maybe "enoone".

James said...

Do you know Weird Al's song, "Bob"? It's a Bob Dylan spoof done entirely in palindromes.

Video

L-girl said...

We were just talking about this! Allan saw the video - it's a send-up of a famous Dylan film - but he didn't know what it was. Later he found out it was Weird Al. It's amazing. I'm also a huge fan of the song and film it parodies, so it's extra cool to me. :)

L-girl said...

In the original, that's Allen Ginsberg in the background.

James said...

Allan saw the video - it's a send-up of a famous Dylan film - but he didn't know what it was.

It came off Al's 2003 album, "Poodle Hat". It's one of my favourite Al songs.

L-girl said...

All this talk, and no one wants to take a shot at an anagram for "we move to canada"? I'll give it lots more time before I post Allan's results from the anagram generator.

redsock said...

Bob video

redsock said...

Better to see the video before the lyrics.

(Love the way he sings "Nixon" with extra nasality.)

L-girl said...

From the "Bob" lyrics, two amazing palindromes:

God! A red nugget! A fat egg under a dog!

and

Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog.

I have to look for those Osama Bin Laden palindromes. Remember those?

L-girl said...

Good thing I'm not in the US, Googling OBL's name...

Anonymous said...

Okay, I love this stuff. So, while eating a Coffee Crisp...

and without punctuation...

come vote a wanda

wanda come to eva [and variations on the theme]

aa man we voted co [as in conscientious objector]

a dove man ate cow

ace do want a move

ava no cat meowed

Had to quit before it was 2 in the morning and I was still trying to find the perfect one!

L-girl said...

Oh, excellent! This is my favourite of yours:

aa man we voted co

I can't play because I saw the ones from the anagram generator, but I will give a big hint. The word "vacate" is in there. :)

Jere said...

I may not be a Scrabble champ, but I've yet to find someone I couldn't beat. James, good call on Poodle Hat. An underrated Al album. Got it the day it came out. I guess with the modern YouTube era, that old video for Bob has become a current hit. Weird. The eBay song is great, too.

Anyway, I'll go work on an anagram for WMTC and be back later...

Jere said...

I think this fits this blog in a way. Kinda:

Veto camo and awe

redsock said...

Papelbon thinks he's a good Scrabble player, as we learned during a Fox broadcast last year.

I say you issue a public challenge to play him and also email it to the Sox press office.

Maybe he'll bite.

Jere said...

Meet avacado now.
Evade Tacoma now.

Ok, here's the best one:


A. Wood: A VT menace!

L-girl said...

A. Wood: A VT menace!

Brilliant!

I take it you know A Wood hails from the Green Mountain State.

L-girl said...

I say you issue a public challenge to play him and also email it to the Sox press office.

Me? I suck at Scrabble. But I'd be very interested in playing with Jonathan Papelbon.

Scrabble, of course.

Or just about any other game he liked.

L-girl said...

Or maybe you were talking to Jere?

M@ said...

All's I got:

Came to a den, a vow

We damn a cave, too

I hope making sense isn't a requirement. The first one kinda sorta might a bit, I guess.

Jere said...

Eat on Mad Cow Ave.

Jere said...

Yes, I know he's from VT. I will take on Pap at Scrabble.

L-girl said...

M@, they don't have to make sense, it's just more fun if they do. And yours do, in that anagrammatic way. I like the first one!

****

Mad Cow Ave, eh? Hmm.

Jere said...

Hey, why don't we all bring this song to "a team-woven coda."

Jere said...

Teva: A cow moaned.

('cause Teva makes leather sandals... okay, I'll stop.)

L-girl said...

Wow, that's heavy. A cow moaned.

You don't have to stop unless you want to. I know how it can be. You might have seen me do the same somewhere recently.

Jere said...

I offer this challenge to everybody: Do one that uses "WMD."

redsock said...

A. Wood: A VT menace!

Get the fuck out of here!

...

[writes down words and crosses out letters in order]

...

Wow.

redsock said...

Do one that uses "WMD."

O, can a WMD veto ea?

How's that?

redsock said...

Aa WMD veto, ace? No.

L-girl said...

No WMD? Vacate, o A.

But damned if I don't have an E leftover.

L-girl said...

Yeah, that VT menace one is wild.

redsock said...

Here's one that I'm trusting is correct:

"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."

L-girl said...

THAT IS AN ANAGRAM????

redsock said...

Apparently. Same for this Oscar Wilde quote:

"There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about."

=

"Wilde died broken, beaten 'n' total nut. Hate being sunk in that rotten gaol. Shh, gay is taboo."

L-girl said...

" 'n' total nut " is a bit of a cheat, but it's still very impressive.

But the Shakespeare - insane!

What site are you getting these from?

James said...

THAT IS AN ANAGRAM????

Confirmed. I just threw together a program to sort the phrases' letters into alphabetical order. Here are they are (original in italics, anagram in roman):

aaaabbbddeeeeeeeeeeeeffffgghhhhhh
aaaabbbddeeeeeeeeeeeeffffgghhhhhh

iiiiiillmnnnnnnnnooooooooooooqrrr
iiiiiillmnnnnnnnnooooooooooooqrrr

rrrrrssssssssttttttttttttttuuuuuww
rrrrrssssssssttttttttttttttuuuuuww

L-girl said...

Neat. Sure beats using Scrabble tiles. :)

(Which I didn't even think of, but got from Jere.)

Jere said...

And I got that from Rosemary's Baby.

Jere said...

Alec Guiness=Genuine Class.

(Got that from a Simpsons episode.)

Jere said...

The palindrome my friend Mike and I came up with in 7th grade:

Not on a pot at New York, Roy went atop a N.O.T.O.N.

(which stands for Nerd's Option To Open Nothing--which, besides being a cheat, doesn't help the sentence make sense. But pretty good for 7th graders.)

redsock said...

The most famous one in our house comes from Roger Angell's account for the 1986 post-season in The New Yorker.

I forget how it happened exactly, but at some point before Game 6 ended, a friend (and palindrome nut whose name was Allan, if I recall) of Angell's slipped him a piece of paper (or called him):

Not so, Boston.

L-girl said...

I was going to mention Not So, Boston, but without the back story. :)

Jere said...

You know, after game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, I slipped some dude a paper that said "So, Bos."

L-girl said...

OK, since the game seems to have ended - with very few contestants - I will post some of the results Allan got using the anagram generator:

woo! advance team!
wet avocado, amen
eat wood, caveman
adam can't woo eve
mad eva tow canoe
damon weave coat


"woo! advance team!" sounds like we're pioneers as we move to canada. and "eat wood, caveman" must be a response to wingnut trolls. "adam can't woo eve" is just plain great.

L-girl said...

and one more:

vacate and moo

Jere said...

Shouldn't that be "we vacate and moo"?

k-clare said...

Now that you're into the anagram program products, how about:

vow made at canoe