Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Playing with the words is as interesting as playing with numbers.....
Playing with numbers is sometimes easier than playing with the words.....
I wanted to share my little knowledge on word play with you!!!
The most common word play is an anagram.

An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once.

For example:

Eleven plus two=Twelve plus one
Astronomers=Moon Starers.
Dormitory=Dirty Room

Famous writers used anagrams in their story plot to make them interesting...
JK Rowling(Harry potter series)
Tom Marvolo Riddle=I am Lord Voldemort

And Dan Brown(The Davinci code)
So dark the con of man=Madonna of the Rocks
O Draconian devil, Oh lame saint.=Leonardo da Vinci, The Mona Lisa

used these anagrams in their respective books......

Then comes the pangram.

A pangram , is a sentence which uses every letter of the alphabet at least once. (All letters from A to Z are present atleat once).

For example,
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

They are interesting only when they are small and funny!!!!
And if you are a regular reader of my posts,you must have noticed that
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,is a bug in the microsoft word.
When you type "=rand (200, 99)"and press enter you will see this pangram typed continously,for more than 100 pages!!!!!!.

Next I would like to introduce lipograms to you.

It is the opposite of pangram.
A lipogram is a kind of constrained writing of writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is missing, usually a common vowel, the most common in English being e. A lipogram author avoiding e then only uses the 25 remaining letters of the alphabet.

For example,

This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!

It is interesting only when you construct lipograms avoiding the vowels.(A,E,I,O,U).
Writing a lipogram is an easy task for uncommon letters like Z, J, or X, but it is much more difficult for common letters like E.
Well-written lipograms are rare, providing a challenge to writers seeking challenges.

Now this is the last word play i would like to mention,the Letter bank.
This is my most favourite wordplay!!!
A letter bank is a type of anagram where all the letters of one word (the "bank") can be used as many times as desired (minimum of once each) to make a new word or phrase.

For example,
IMPS is a bank of MISSISSIPPI,

Are you interested in wordplay?
Well,why wait?
start playing then..........