Date:         Wed, 24 Oct 2001 00:44:19 -0400
Sender:       The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 23 Oct 01 - Fun With Words
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               TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Fun With Words
Everyone knows that Nail-Biting Refreshes The Feet.  Oops! I meant to
say that The Best Things In Life Are Free.  How did that come out so
wrong?  I must have had my brain hooked up to that anagram generator
too long.  In today's TOURBUS, we'll visit a bunch of sites that were
created by the nerds of words.  Read on and find out how to become the
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An anagram is a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of
another word or phrase.  For example, "Time Heals All Wounds" can be
rearranged to form "Most Will Use A Handle".  The Internet Anagram
Server (aka "I, Rearrangement Servant") gives results in your browser,
and has an Advanced interface which allows you to include or exclude
certain words, specify minimum or maximum numbers of letters per word
and a few other tweaks.  
Anu Garg, creator of The Internet Anagram Server, also offers
Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Acronym lookups by email, as well as
A.Word.A.Day, a newsletter for people who want to explore the world of
words and share it with other wordlovers.  For details on any of these
services, send a blank email to or check them out
Also notable in the anagram arena is Anagram Genius, at  
Anagram Genius offers results by email only, which I find a bit
annoying.  But it's better at processing long input strings and
generating sentence-like results.  For example:
It's not over until the fat lady sings =
  Sanity distorts fun-loving athlete.
  Naughtiest fan distorts violently.
  Stealthy virtuosos finding talent.
If you're a fan of the Scrabble board game, you'll love this one.
Unscrambler will find all the words that can be formed from a given
set of letters and determine their Scrabble scores. For example, the
letters "ETPALRS" can be unscrambled to form PLASTER, PLATERS, PSALTER
or STAPLER, all of which have a Scrabble score of 9 points.  The
Unscrambler is available in both English and French.    
The WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary is a helpful resource for
poets and songwriters.  You can find Ending rhymes (blue/shoe), Last
syllable rhymes (timber/harbor), Double rhymes (conviction/
prediction), Beginning rhymes (physics/fizzle), or First syllable
rhymes (carrot/caring).  
If you're having trouble getting a word in a crossword puzzle, then
perhaps OneAcross can help.  In addition to pattern dictionary
searches, it can analyze the clue as well.  OneAcross lets you enter
either the length of the answer or an answer pattern, in which you use
a question mark for unknown letters in the word.  OneAcross also has a
tool to help you solve cryptograms.  
At, you can look up a word in either a dictionary or
Roget's Thesaurus (to find synonyms and antonyms).  The site also
offers Ask Doctor Dictionary (for questions about words or grammar),
the Word of the Day, daily crosswords & word search puzzles, and a
huge list of links to other online dictionaries, including hundreds of
non-English ones.  
WordZap is a fast-paced addictive word game you can play over the Net
or against the computer.  
StoryFun is a variant of the Mad Libs word game, created by students
at MIT who obviously don't have enough homework to do.  
Play Hangman with several different twists: Celebrity Hangman, Hang
Your Ex-Whatever, Hillbilly Hangman, and others.  
That's all for now, I'll see you next time!  --Bob Rankin
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