A is for Anagrams

One of the single highest scoring words I've ever played.

One of the single highest scoring words I’ve ever played.

People always assume that I’m great at Scrabble, when the truth is that I’m not all that good at it.  Yes, I know a lot of words, but I’m lousy with anagrams.  I just don’t think of words as the sum of their parts.  A word is a whole entity.  Put a bunch of them together, and they’re a pass to a different world.

When I play Scrabble (or Words With Friends), I lose pretty often.  I find myself using the cooler word instead of the more highly scoring one.  I know it’s not what the game is about, and I tell myself not to do it, but then I do it anyway.

“We begin in the world as anagrams of our antecedents.”
―Maggie O’Farrell

I found this quote when I did a search for anagrams, and I thought it was pretty cool.  We’re all mixed up pieces from our ancestors, but we’re also the mixed up parts of our experiences. We carry those pieces with us and assemble them differently depending on our phase of life.

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6 comments on “A is for Anagrams

  1. Susan Brody says:

    Hi Doree, I like your kickoff A to Z Challenge post! When you talked about our being mixed-up pieces of our ancestors and our experiences, I suddenly started thinking of myself as an anagram – but I’d like to think that we bring pieces of our own unique selves into the mix too!

  2. Mars says:

    Great post and love the quote! I’m rubbish at Scrabble but I do enjoy playing it, better in person as I’m awful at looking up words if online!

    A to Z first timer here so experiencing it all for the first time, can’t believe how many cool blog posts I’m finding (wasn’t sure what I would find when I wandered).

    Any tips for a first timer? (Apart from don’t cheat at online Scrabble)

    Mars
    Curling Stones for Lego People

    • doreeweller says:

      Advice to first timers? Have fun. It shows when people are having fun doing this. A to Z is a community, so definitely visit other people’s blogs and leave a comment, even if it isn’t one that resonates with you.

      Glad you’re with us to enjoy the fun!

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi! I noticed you’ve got some John Green in your Good Reads list… Have you by chance read “An Abundance of Katherines”? It’s actually my least favorite John Green book, but one of the main characters constantly and easily anagrams everything. Anagramming is one of John Green’s hobbies as well, if you’ve ever seen any of his Vlogbrother videos on Youtube.

    Personally, I’m with you on the Words with Friends…I like interesting words, but I have learned that “Qi” works great in a pinch, especially if you can get it on a TL or TW.

    • doreeweller says:

      I have not yet read anything else by John Green other than The Fault in Our Stars, which has made it on to my favorites list. I may have to read that book, just because of the anagram thing.

      I hesitate to confess it, but qi, xi, xu, and za can be salvation in WWF.

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