You are probably familiar with an anagram, one of the most popular forms of word play that recombines all the letters of a word or phrase to create a new word or phrase. For example, “inch” is an anagram of “chin.” The anagram, of course, is at the heart of board games like Scrabble, Clabbers, Boggle, and Bananagrams and puzzles like Jumble and Cryptic Crosswords. An antigram is a type of anagram that is the antonym of the original word or phrase. A classic example of an antigram is “Santa = Satan.” Another one is “funeral = real fun” — which always lightens the mood at a gloomy funeral. Below are examples of antigrams:
adultery = true lady
adversaries = are advisers
butchers = cut herbs
customers = store scum
earliest = arrise late
evangelist = evil’s agent
filled = ill-fed
fluster = restful
funeral = real fun
honestly = on the sly
infection = fine tonic
militarism = I limit arms
misfortune = it’s more fun
protectionism = nice to imports
Santa = Satan
silent = listen
united = untied
violence = nice love
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