Word Ways


Careful observers of the word scene have long known that some of the simplest English words can be anagrammed or arranged to form feminine first names. Thus, STINKER is a rearrangement of KRISTEN, the word TOASTER may be transposed into ROSETTA, LEARNED is an anagram of DARLEEN or DARLENE, and INTERNEEDS converts into ERNESTINE. (Parenthetically, the word LEARNED may also be rearranged o form a "masculine" name, LEANDER, but we don't want to think about that just now.)