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Article from the Jerusalem Post

Jeff Abramowitz, How to answer Holocaust-deniers,
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THE FRIEND who told me mournfully, a few days after his wedding, "You know those mother-in-law jokes? Well, they're all true," should look up the anagram for mother- in-law in the anagram hall of fame, part of the Internet Anagram Server (or, as it calls itself, I, Rearrangement Servant), at (wordsmith.org/anagram).

The server (like most who play with anagrams, it can't resist showing off), is ... well, I'm not sure what its purpose is, beyond coming up with anagrams. Simply write the word in the space provided, click the icon and see what comes up.

What does come up is sometimes funny, sometimes clever and often both. For example, the anagram for "dormitory," as anybody who's ever had to clean one can tell you, is "dirty room." "Funeral" comes out as "real fun," while "Salman Rushdie" (he's still alive, apparently) is anagrammed as "Read, Shun Islam." Most names can, in fact, be changed to something else with the anagram server. Considering what else I've been called in my time, "A Fab Jew from Zit" is pretty complimentary.

Whether or not anagrams never lie, as the site claims, is something that depends on your point of view. I don't think too many people will say the anagram of "Ronald Reagan" - "A darn long era" - is inaccurate, but one of the anagrams for "William Clinton" ought to get his supporters thinking. It is: " I'm it, an ill clown." Send comments, queries and ideas for reviews to jabramo@ibm.net

Copyright 1997 Jerusalem Post. All Rights Reserved
May 2, 1997

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