An antigram is an expression formed by rearranging the letters of another expression to mean its opposite.
For example, “fluster” rearranges to spell “restful”. Other classic examples: “listen” = “silent”; “antagonist” = “not against”; “earliest” = “arise late”.
The word “antigram” is short for “anti-anagram” – an anagram being any word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another.
Readers of this blog know I’m an anagram junkie. The examples above suffer from two defects: (1) They’re not specific to this holiday season, and (2) they’re not mine. So let’s fix that with a mood-lifting antigram that’s timely.
Feeling shabby on a rainy day? Regretting something dumb? (We’ve all been there!) Simply take the letters in
“Shabby rainy day or dummy regret”
and rearrange them to spell
“May your days be Merry and Bright!”
There you have it! Our wish for you (i.e., from Cheri and me) this season and every season.