Anagram

Entertainment / Literature / Anagram: (Greekwriting back or anew): When the letters or syllables in a name, word or phrase are shuffled together or jumbled to form a new word. For instance, in Tanith Lee's short story, 'Bite-Me-Not, or Fleur De Fleu,' the predatory vampire's name is Feroluce--an anagram of his demonic predecessor, Lucifer. Similarly in the film Angelheart, the devil travels using the anagram Louis Cipher, i.e., Lucifer as a moniker, and in film-makers' spin-offs of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula uses the name Alucard as a disguise. (An anagram that functions by merely writing a name backwards is known more specifically as an ananym.) Authors who love wordplay love using anagrams. For instance, Samuel Butler's utopian satire Erewhon is an anagram of 'Nowhere.' Critics have suggested Hawthorne's short story 'The Minister's Black Veil' involves an anagram on veil and evil. Anagrams were quite popular in the Renaissance.

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