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Topic: For word lovers
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Ronald A Ward

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For word lovers
Posted: Aug 4, 2000 4:12 AM
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A site that some of you may find of interest is:

www.wordsmith.org

This is, among other things, the home of the Internet Anagram Server. It
is really interesting to see the differences in number of anagrams for
various words. For example, although AMTE has only 6 anagrams [e.g.,
TEAM] and LISTSERVE has only 24 anagrams [e.g. ELVES STIR], AMTE LISTSERVE
has 68 pages--yes pages--of anagrams. Some words have no anagrams or just
one [e.g., SYDNEY has only one] while AUSTRALIA has over 80--see my
previous post].

Even though I understand why some words or phrases have large numbers, I
find myself blown away by those that run on for more than 50 pages. And I
am also impressed with the speed. Basically the 68 pages for AMTE
LISTSERVE were there instantaneously.

Of course, I'm still having trouble getting my mind around those Hubble
photographs that purport to show what the universe looked like 14 billion
years ago!

Just call me easily impressed, I guess. :)

Ron Ward/Western Washington University/Bellingham, WA





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