Anagrams, acronyms, aphorisms

Find anagrams for any phrase.

Lorrie Moore’s Anagrams, a novel, begins:

Gerard Maines lived across the hall from a woman named Benna, who four minutes into any conversation always managed to say the word penis. He was not a prude, but, nevertheless, it made him wince. He worked with children all day, taught a kind of aerobics to pre-schoolers, and the most extreme language he was likely to hear seemed to him to be in code, in acronyms, or maybe even in German — boo-boo, finky, peenick — words that were difficult to figure out even in context, and words, therefore, from which he felt quite safe. He suspected it was not unlike people he knew who hated operas in translation. “Believe me,” they would explain, “you just don’t want to know what they’re saying.”

As long as we’re examining anagrams and acronyms, why not aphorisms?

Nathalie Chicha says that “spammers are some of [her] most loyal and bright comment-ers. More importantly, no other group of writers is so devoted to the art of the aphorism — trying to revive it and reintroduce it to popular culture.” She shares some samples from the last 24 hours.


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