Today the classic cycling season kicks off with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Who was not in the beginning was the Dutchman Mike Teunissen. His spring was destroyed by a groin injury. Maybe it was because he was on the sports pages of teletext, but I suddenly noticed that Teunissen is very similar to tennis, in fact: You only need to turn 180 degrees upright and it’s right there.
Now we know anagrams in language. Two words, or sentences, are anagram for each other if they can be written with the same letters. They know it on Google, too: if you search for “anagram,” it will find “Did you mean: what pills.” Gheret Mack, who gave a lecture this week in commemoration of the February strike, is an anagram for “tremagek” (someone who loves the Finnish language and laboratory ambiguity). Incidentally, Geert Mack delivered a mockery to PVV at the lecture, where she noticed that Gert Mack and Geert Wilders were an adorable couple: they share their first names, but their surnames are kind of a comparison: one Mac and the other has something more wild.
Extra scratch on the character
Mathematically, anagram is permutation: a different arrangement of the same elements. On the other hand, Teunissen and tennis are not anagrams. However, you can say that you can form words with the same letters. If you cut it for a ransom note, you can also use u as n and vice versa. There are more letters that change to another alternately: baq becomes d.
But if you look closely, the same doesn’t apply to the letter of trouw bread: the letters p and q have a little fluff that results in ad and ab with an extra scratch when inverted. (The bread letter is the script you’re reading right now: the letter used in the articles – and therefore not in the headlines. I think the bread letter is called because the typist used to make a living using that letter. The baker, who makes a living with the pastry letter.)
In yesterday’s newspaper, I had to look up q, which was very annoying, because by far most q was from Qatar, and therefore in the capital. In the end, I could shorten the time thinking: Of course the Economy page had good liquidity. But my suspicion is that sometimes newspapers that do not contain a single comma are printed. That should be the true virtue of the newspaper: I think all messages should be used at least once every day. When I was a kid, I always checked in church that all the numbers 0 through 9 were used on the blackboard announcing the psalms and hymns that morning.
That the Cubans – the channels
But let’s move on to thin for a moment, and ignore the slave: so we have six letters that we can turn: B, d, n, p, p, u. You can then turn the pan into Dan, by rotating the p. You can block the word qua: by inclining q and u. Other pairs are bint-loot (the board thief wanted to steal The Potato Eaters, but quickly took only a small piece), quota-baton, querulant-brutal élan. You can also create sentences in which these types of pairs are used one by one: It seems logical that Cubans build aqueducts. Here they are “these Cubans” and the “aqueducts” … Yes, what is actually each of them about the other?
There is still a name for these word pairs. So the anagram is not true. You can call it anamorphic because the shape of the letters is identical. But an anamorphic image already exists as a word: Van Dale calls it synonymous with bias, and Wikipedia reports that anamorphic It is the asexual stage of the fungus. So I suggest “auagrams”, so that the auagram itself is an auagram of an anagram. Send my most beautiful auagram pics to [email protected], I will post a selection. And finalize the i! Then you are a great kid.
Jan Beoving is a mathematician and comedian. In his column he plays with natural sciences and language.