Beyond ‘God’ and ‘Dog’

Pappy Chatterbox, amateur etymologist and author of The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa (“Instead of reading five books this year, read this book five times!”–Chatterbox), passes along the following anagram, which has been circulating lately on the Net:

“President Clinton of the USA”


“To copulate he finds interns”

Chatterbox invites the anonymous but obviously gifted author to step forward.

Sadly, Chatterbox must also warn this anagramatic John Henry (“Her Johnny”) that his days of glory may be numbered. The folks at Anagram Genius have invented a computer program that turns an ordinary sentence into hundreds of anagrams–ordinary or obscene, American or English–and it’s pretty darn good. Their website allows you to enter a sentence and have the results emailed to you (click here). It returned the following gems for “President Clinton of the USA”:

“Nice flaunter, pot dishonest”;

“Counterfeit dishonest plan”;

“Rats! Telephone disfunction”;


“‘Let’s fornicate’ not punished!”

The site also notes that “Monica Samille Lewinsky” becomes “Slick Willie’s my A-one man!” (submitted by Dave Polewka) and “Hillary Clinton” becomes “Only I can thrill.” (submitted by Donald L. Holmes).

–Timothy Noah and Bruce Gottlieb