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Presidential Anagrams


A. Ross Eckler


The year 1976 witnessed a unique melding of American history and presidential politics. In view of this conjunction, it seems appropriate to present the latest results of a long-term activity of recreational linguists -- the anagramming of presidential names. For readers unfamiliar with this activity, an anagram of a presidential name is a rearrangement of the letters into a word or phrase that pithily characterizes the man. Unfortunately, the ideal of appositeness is difficult to realize in practice because of the small number of letters one has to work with -- the longest name has 23, and two have only 9!