Anagrams

May 19, 2004

Way back in 1989 my friend M@ and I used to work at a font company called Kingsley/ATF Type Corporation. One evening after work — actually we were still at work, physically speaking — we began to consider the subject of anagrams of the company name. After running off the necessary letters (in 100pt ITC Galliard all caps from an Adobe Type 1 font, using Microsoft Word 4.0 on a Mac SE, printing to a 300dpi Apple LaserWriter NTX) and cutting them out (I forget the brand name of the scissors) we set to with gusto.

The results you can see below. Some phrases are innately anagrammable and some aren’t. KINGSLEY/ATF and KINGSLEY/ATF TYPE CORP had vast possibilities, some (SLAG TYPE FIN?) stretching the limits of comprehensibility, others (ALFKE GIN STY, ITSY FLAN KEG, TINTY SLOG) proving so useful that they worked their way into our daily conversation. I’ve highlighted my favorites in boldface.

KINGSLEY / A.T.F.

FISKY TANGLE FLY EATS KING G.I'S FELT YANK FINKS GET LAY
INKY F.L. STAGE YET FIG SLANK SKY LIFE TANG FILA SKY GENT
GEAKY S.F. LINTK.Y. FLING SATEKATEY FLINGSSKATEY FLING
TINKLY SAFE "G"E.G., YAK FLINTSSTAG, FLY NIKEK.Y. ANGEL FIST
ITSY FLAN KEGFLYING SKATELIFE'S TANGY KF.Y.I.: KENT GALS
SLANTY IF KEGSKANTY IF LEGTYKE FINS LAGGLINTY FAKES
TINGLY FAKESSET FLAY KINGGET SKIN FLAYALFKE GIN STY
TYKES IN FLAGSTINGY ALFKESTINGY FLAKEFLAKEY STING
KINGLY FATESFINKY G. TESLAF.Y.I.: LEG STANKF.Y.I.: TANK LEGS
SLY KING FATEINK GETS A FLYFEY SLAT KINGSTINKY F. GALE
FINKY G. STALESKY FELT GAINFINKS YET LAGSKIN FELT GAY
SING, FELT YAK!SLAG TYKE FINI STANK, E.G. FLYSAY "KING FELT"
SAY "FIG KNELT"KNIFE STY GALE.G., FAT SLINKYSKIN YET FLAG

KINGSLEY / A.T.F. TYPE CORP.

YES, FLATTEN PORKY C. PIG!YA KEPT FLYING COPTERS
P. ALFKE C PROGS YET TINYFINER TYPES LACK O.T. GYP
SPANK EGYPT? TRIFLE COYPINK EGYPT FELT SO RACY!
GECKO PREY-NIFTY SPLATFLAT TYPES GROPE INKY "C"
PECK FELT SIN PAY "GROTY"PLATTY FINGERS KEY COP
CLIFT'S PERKY PET AGONYSNOTTY GRAPE FLICK? YEP
G.Y. LIKE CRAP TYPE FONTSPICKY SYNGE LEAPT FOR T
YIKES! CRAPPY FONT GELTYETI FLOGS CRAPPY KENT
CATS PRONG KEY ELF. PITY!FELT PANTIES: CORKY GYP?
CORK PIG FELT Ye PANTIESLACK OF TEENY-PIGSTY P.R.
GOY PAINTER KEPT S.C. FLYFIG PLANTERS COPY TYKE
FRANCE, EGYPT: SPIKY LOT!FINKY PLATER GETS GOPY
SOFT, INKY GEL-TYPE CRAPSLY KENT OF PEPTIC GRAY
CLONE REG. FATTY SKIPPYGEEKS FLY IN COPT PARTY
EGYPT FIRES LANKY COPTFLY, TANTRIC PEP--GO, KEYS!
TYKE FOGS TEN CRAPPILYYEP, GREY FONT PACK SLIT
FAKE PEP CRY: "TINTY SLOG!"IF TYPE GONE SLACK, TRY P.
PLOY GETS PANICKY FRETPETS PAY FLYING ROCKET
FLYING ROCKET: SPAY PET!GOT PEPTIC? FRANKLY, YES
CG, SPIN PETER ALFKY TOYCG TO PETER ALFKY: SPINY
YO, PETER ALFKY: STING P.C.!PRONG, IF SLACK, YET TYPE
YELTSIN, PACK FOR EGYPTTINY FLACKS GROPE TYPE
FLOG, SPIT, CRANKY PETEYTYKE FLIPS ORANGY PECT
N.Y. GIPPER - TOASTY FLECKYO! FAT N.Y.C. GRIPS PET ELK!
PECK FATTY PRINGLES: OY!YIPPY KEN FELT COG STAR
SPANGLY FEET PRICK TOYLEAKY P.C. FROG, TINY PEST
POPES TRY ICKY FLANGE TPEG TO FRY ICKY PLANETS!
TASTY KING CREEPY FLOPPETTY ELF, SPANKY CORGI
STRANGLE ICKY FOP TYPEINGEST FLOPPY RYE TACK
LEPROSY TANGY IF PECK'TTANGY PRICK FELT POESY
PICKY POETS FELT ANGRYPERKY FACTIONS GET PLY
GAL PERFECTS PINKY TOYFESTERINGLY POKY CAPT.
POLK (TEENY FAT PIG) CRYS

INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

Here’s a list I found back in 1995:

HEY, IGNORAMUS -- WIN PROFIT? HA!
OH-OH, WIRING SNAFU: EMPTY AIR
I'M ON A HUGE WISPY RHINO FART
ENORMOUSE HAIRY PIG WITH FAN
WHEN FORMING, UTOPIA'S HAIRY
A ROUGH WHIMPER OF INSANITY
OH, WORMY INFURIATING PHRASE
INSPIRE HUMANITY, WHO GO FAR
WAITING FOR ANY PROMISE, HUH?
HI-HO! YOW! I'M SURFING ARPANET!
NEW UTOPIA? HORRIFYING SHAM

(Information Superhighway anagrams copyright ©1995 by the author, Mike Morton. All rights reserved. You may reproduce this, in whole or in part, in any form provided you retain this paragraph unchanged.)

Make Your Own Anagrams

The correct way to generate anagrams is to write or print the source word/phrase in large type, cut out the letters, and push them around. But if you’re feeling lazy, you can try an automatic anagram generator. Of course, you’ll still have to pick through a huge list of anagrams for the few that actually make any sense at all.