Posted by: episystechpubs | January 30, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Antigrams

Last Friday I introduced you to aptanagrams. Today we have something called antigrams, from chapter 2 (pp. 5-6) of Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay, by Rod L. Evans, Ph.D. Here is an explanation of antigrams, along with selected examples:

When the letters of words or phrases are rearranged to form words or phrase opposite in meaning (antonyms), antigrams result. Because it is easier to find words related in meaning to other words than words that carry contrary or opposite meanings, antigrams are rarer than apt anagrams. One of the most famous antigrams is Santa/Satan. Some of the following examples have contrasting rather than opposite meanings.

antagonist ≠ not against

demoniacal ≠ a docile man

diplomacy ≠ mad policy

dormitories ≠ tidier rooms

earliest ≠ rise late

filled ≠ ill-fed

forty-five ≠ over fifty

honorees ≠ no heroes

mentors ≠ monster

militarism ≠ i limit arms

restful ≠ fluster

sweltering heat ≠ the winter gales

teacher ≠ cheater

within earshot ≠ i won’t hear this

Kara Church

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