|Article from the New York Times|
August 30, 1999
Monkeying Around With Company Names
The letters that form the name Boeing can be rearranged to spell
"big one." Time Warner can be converted to "mean writer." And
the title of Rupert Murdoch's sexy London tabloid The News of the
World is an anagram for "tender, hot flesh -- wow."
These are just a few of the possibilities in business anagrams,
a game being played by office workers throughout the
To play, contact the Internet Anagram Server at
wordsmith.org/anagram, which provides immediate answers, or
another site called Anagram Genius Server at
www.anagramgenius.com/server.html, which gives a more considered
response and replies by e-mail after a few minutes or hours,
depending on traffic volume.
At no charge, these sites will attempt to create anagrams from
any word or phrase, not just company names. But somehow there's a
special mischievous thrill to plugging in your employer's name and
learning, for example, that New York Times can be reconfigured as
"Anagrams never lie," insists Anu Garg (his real name, not an
anagram). He and his wife, Stuti, have just founded a Web service,
called Namix that uses anagrams and other
techniques to help companies come up with names and trademarks.
Namix which also links to the Internet Anagram Server, offers an
archive of its "Business Anagram of the Day."
In his day job, Garg is a computer specialist in Columbus, Ohio,
with AT&T Laboratories -- whose letters also happen to spell "a
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