Thursday, December 4, 2008

Britney Spears Anagrams

It seems fitting to post about Britney Spears today because just announced that she was the number one most searched-for person in 2008.

A fellow linguist and blogger, The Virtual Linguist, recently emailed me a link to a BBC television program about solving cryptic crosswords. Unfortunately, I was not able to view the program here in the U.S. Thankfully though, my new email pal sent me a comment on the show from one of the program contributors and I am still laughing.

"Presbyterians is an anagram of Britney Spears: now that is cause for rejoicing."

This anagram is credited to Ron Young on the Anagram Genius website.

Apparently many people actually waste their time thinking of anagrams for Britney Spears because the website also includes the following anagrams:

Best PR in years (by Ron Young by hand) (1999)
Yens, strip bare. (by Stanley Accrington by hand) (2006)
Rips teeny bras. (by nosson by hand) (2005)
Bra type? Sirens. (by Rick Rothstein using Anagram Genius) (2004)
Pert? Yes. Brains? ... (by Paul Pridmore using Anagram Genius) (2004)
Teensy bra rips. (by Glenn Bristol by hand) (2002)
Err, spiny beast (by Jason Ehrhart by hand) (2001)
Beers, party, sin. (by unknown using Anagram Genius) (2001)
Arrest by penis. (by Andy Worth using Anagram Genius) (2000)
Presbyterians (by Ron Young by hand) (1999)
Nip yer breasts. (by Jenna Morris by hand) (1999)
Nearby priests (by Melissa C. using Anagram Genius) (1999)
Siren best pray. (by Ron Young by hand) (1999)
Best in prayers. (by unknown using Anagram Genius) (1998)
Panties bys err. (by Jeff Flores by hand) (2007) (pending approval)
Berries Panty's. (by Jeff Flores by hand) (2007) (pending approval)
Tripy bareness. (by Mike Mesterton-Gibbons by hand) (2007) (pending approval)
Errs by panties. (by Mick Tully using Anagram Genius) (2007) (pending approval)
Seen a rip, try BS. (by anon using Anagram Genius) (2007) (pending approval)
Binary pesters. (by Stefan T. Lund using Anagram Genius) (2007) (pending approval)
Spray beer tins. (by Peter Laurence Hall using Anagram Genius) (2006) (pending approval)
Pesters Brainy. (by Carynne No.) (2006) (pending approval)
Bra Inserts? Yep! (by perplex city) (2006) (pending approval)

All I can say is..."SAD."

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