Take the letters of a word, like
Rearrange those letters to form another word, like
That's a one-word anagram.
Anagrams can be made up of more than one word, too. Just take out all the spaces and punctuation, rearrange the letters without losing any in the shuffle, and insert new punctuation to taste.
For example: D E B I T C A R D is an anagram for B A D C R E D I T.
As you might see, the most pleasing multiple-word anagrams are those that seem to have a twist of fate or a common-ness in theme to them. They seem to define themselves or act as synonyms.
There are several Anagram Engines, which let you type in a word or phrase, and come back with some rough possibilities for anagrams. Some are on the web, some you can buy for your own computer. Most phrases of over twenty letters will give you hundreds of English anagrams. It's then up to you to fish through them to see which ones have that crystalized truth about them. It's not as easy as it looks.
Internet Anagram Server (I, Rearrangement Servant). A very simple server, it just lists every combination of English words that will occupy all the letters in your entered phrase.
Anagram Genius from Genius 2000 Software. For Windows and Macintosh. An excellent product, it cuts down your sifting work by weighing the value of good words, and by rearranging the found words into grammatically correct phrases if possible.
funeral = real fun
dormitory = dirty room
evangelist = evil's agent
a gentleman = elegant man
clothespins = so let's pinch
desperation = a rope ends it
Heavy rain? = Hire a Navy!
Presbyterian = best in prayer
conversation = voices rant on
mother-in-law = woman Hitler
slot machines = cash lost in 'em
vacation times = I'm not as active
Clint Eastwood = old west action
eleven plus two = twelve plus one
the countryside = no city dust here
the Morse Code = here come dots
a telephone girl = repeating "hello?"
the cockroach = Cook, catch her!
a decimal point = I'm a dot in place.
the railroad train = Hi! I rattle and roar.
sunshine and shadow = show in sun and shade
a domesticated animal = docile, as a man tamed it
the hospital ambulance = a cab I hustle to help man
"The check is in the mail." = Claim, "Heck, I sent it. (heh)"
A rolling stone gathers no moss. = Stroller on go amasses nothing.
astronomers = moon starers = no more stars
a Barbie doll = I'll bare a bod. = A babe I'd roll. = A liberal bod.
software = swear oft
Bill Gates = Legal Bits = Gall Bites
Debian GNU/Hurd = hung and buried
Microsoft Windows = Wisdom? Or swift con?
Internet anagram server = isn't re-arrangement rave?
Information Superhighway = inhuman fiery goat worship
The Hilton = hint: hotel
Tom Cruise = So? I'm cuter.
Jim Morrison = Mr. Mojo Risin'.
Princess Diana = Ascend in Paris.
Western Union = No wire unsent.
Statue of Liberty = Built to stay free.
United States of America = Dine out: taste a 'Mac, fries.
The United States of America = Attaineth its cause: freedom!
Florence Nightingale = Nigel, fetch an iron leg. = Flit on, cheering angel!
President Boris Yeltsin = Endless insobriety trip. = Tipsiness done terribly.
Student Information Processing Board = computation transgression forbidden
The United States Bureau of Fisheries = I raise the bass to feed us in the future.
Silicon Graphics = A long chip crisis. = Can logic ship, sir? = Gosh, sir, I can clip!
The Great New York Rapid Transit Tunnel = Giant work in street, partly underneath.
Saturday Night Live = I advert tiny laughs. = Naughtily raised TV. = This gaudy interval. = It's a naughty drivel.
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea = Huge water tale stuns. End had you tense.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. = Oft I'd satisfy the desire of your heart to fly.
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil A. Armstrong = A thin man ran; makes a large stride; left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!
There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about. [Oscar Wilde] = Wilde died broken, beaten 'n' total nut. Hate being sunk in that rotten gaol. Shh, gay is taboo.
Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe. [Vonnegut] = A masquerade can cover a sense of what is real to deceive us; to be unjaded and not lost, we must, then, determine truth.
To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. [Shakespeare] = In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.
O, 'LEGO bricks' is plural. = Erg, I'll use 'pair o' blocks'.
If you have any favorite anagrams, send them my way.
Oh, and by the way, there are three more common English words that use all eight letters from TRIANGLE, besides the word INTEGRAL. Can you think of them without resorting to an anagram server?