Pete Stickland


In "The Meaning or Purpose of Life" in the May 1989 Word Ways, John Henrick generated five anagrams of WHAT IS THE MEANING OR PURPOSE OF LIFE, and invited readers to "extend what one hopes will become a significant collection in its own right." Accepting his challenge, I constructed 206 more anagrams, arranging them in 52 rhymed quatrains beginning with his original phrase and ending with his WINNIE-THE-POOH, SUFFER PIGLET'S AROMA. None of my anagrams surpasses the verve of Henrick's masterpiece. It says it all: if a fictitious bear can bear a fictitious pig, why not men men, men women, and women children?