February 8: who is mr anagram?

I don’t know who invented the anagram. Maybe it was Mr Anagram, which may not be his real name. His success has been great. He has figured in IQ tests and quiz shows for many years now and, like the emperor with no clothes, audiences have accepted him, pretended he is fully clad, and laughed at all his tedious jokes. For some reason they have imagined that the ability to rejumble a set of letters into a new word is a literary feat. In the IQ test it is practically the only task that concerns words but as a skill it has no interest and no application. Mr Anagram can also lick his nose with his tongue but that doesn’t make him a genius either. Mr Anagram, you’ve had a good innings for a terrible old bore. Now ucfk ofo!


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