Call Me An Alarmist, But This Alarms Me Greatly: The Censorious On-Line Anagram-Maker [UPDATED]

In a recent thread—the context is unimportant—commenter Chris facetiously wrote that “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” is an anagram for “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong.” My mind working the way it works, and being incapable of anagrams myself, I immediately went to an online anagram generator, and typed in “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong.”

The page, Wordplays’ Anagramer, told me that there were no anagrams for that phrase, which is, of course, isn’t true.  [UPDATE: See below] “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” isn’t one of them, but there are thousands, my favorite being (courtesy of a the ethical anagram generator here), “Deriding Hog-thrown Lint.” I always deride hog-thrown lint myself.

I amguessing that the only reason Wordplays refused to give me the anagrams I requested was that it decided that I shouldn’t have the right to even write or think the phrase “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong.” Somewhere in programming their site the social justice warrior totalitarians have decided that “bad words” and “bad ideas” can’t be used or thought about, even in jest. Even in an anagram!

‘First  they came for “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong, ” and I did nothing. Then they came for “Deriding Hog-thrown Lint.”‘

This isn’t funny, this is scary. There is a large and growing segment of the American public, many quite powerful, who believe in social change by constriction of words and thought. They see technology as their ally, and those who run technology companies show every sign of being such.

These are enemies to democracy and our liberties as defined by our Founding documents, our traditions and history.

They aren’t enemies because they block anagrams due to their crippling political correctness and arrogance.  That just means they are silly fools. They are enemies because they don’t think using their power to interfere with the speech and thoughts of others is wrong. They think they are doing good.

And if they can–if we let them—they will warp our culture  using laws, intimidation, indoctrination and, of course, technology until everyone believes that controlling words and thoughts is good.

If you think this is just about anagrams, you’re dangerously naive.

UPDATE: Commenter/Blogger Windypundit, who is surely more savvy in these matters than I am, writes in the comments,

I went over to the Wordplays Anagrammer site to play with it. The thing is, I can’t reproduce your results. When I enter the phrase “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong” it displays hundreds and hundreds of anagrams.

Maybe it was just a glitch? …I thought maybe it didn’t work in some browsers, but it worked in all five I tried.

I don’t know what’s going on. I tried twice, and got a “No anagrams found” message. I will assume that it’s me, not them.

The general position of my post stands, however. Even if the web isn’t censoring anagrams, there is a lot of manipulation going on.

Many thanks to Windypundit for the research and the report.

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Pointer: Chris

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31 responses to “Call Me An Alarmist, But This Alarms Me Greatly: The Censorious On-Line Anagram-Maker [UPDATED]

  1. Rusty Rebar

    They see technology as their ally, and those who run technology companies show every sign of being such.

    For now. Technology is changing, and if you have been paying attention to things like Ethereum and Block Chains you might be able to see the promise of a decentralized future that they hold.

    At some point this is going to get tiring to the right person, who will build a platform that will allow for immutable free speech, and that is the platform that people will use.

  2. Wayne

    I guess because Stephen King is a liberal he could get away with “red rum” in “The Shining”. I do get your point though. I wonder if there is an anagram for “Stalin did nothing wrong” and the Anagram Generator would give you some answers.

  3. Wayne

    And the traumatized kid in “The Shining” could have repeatedly shouted “demur!”

  4. Isaac

    Apparently Ebay won’t allow you to sell or buy any Confederate flags, or Nazi items with swastikas on them.. As in the actual flags, from history. Because they’re “symbols of hate.”

    Let’s all ban inherently meaningless symbols that bad people might use as “propaganda.” That way we can inconvenience legitimate history buffs and collectors while also feeding hate groups’ paranoia. Let’s go ahead and have politicians doing PSAs in front of cartoons about how hate groups are totally banned by the government and they’re super un-radical, kids. It’ll work just as well as the War on Drugs did. We can make white supremacists into the coolest people on the planet. Nothing could go wrong.

    • Wayne

      You can buy Soviet medals on EBay. I guess that they don’t qualify as “symbols of hate”.

      • Tippy Scales

        If the Confederate flag is banned from Amazon and eBay because it’s a symbol of hatred, and it’s deemed a symbol of hatred because it stood for upholding slavery 150 years ago, then why aren’t the flags banned from nations that still practice slavery? Nobody’s calling for a ban on flags from India, Pakistan, China and Uzbekistan, where collectively more than 20 million people are enslaved according to the Walk Free Foundation.

        These people are full of crap. They’ve gone off the deep end. The Cat in the Hat is now a symbol of racial hate, for chrissakes.

  5. I’m not very good at making anagrams, but disproving them is simpler. The Auntie Yang phrase had two y’s, but there were no y’s in the censored one. Hitler uses too many common letters that someone determined could still use the tool just for spite.

  6. I’m a software engineer by trade, and I was curious how the anagram filter works, so I went over to the Wordplays Anagrammer site to play with it. The thing is, I can’t reproduce your results. When I enter the phrase “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong” it displays hundreds and hundreds of anagrams.

    Maybe it was just a glitch? (Kind of like the way my first two attempts to post this comment disappeared without being displayed — looks like a WordPress issue.) I thought maybe it didn’t work in some browsers, but it worked in all five I tried.

    • I wondered if that would happen. I tried it twice, and both times got a message that said, “No anagrams found.” Good research. I’ll note this in the post. It doesn’t change the over-all opinion, just the specific example that triggered it.

  7. Sam

    I tested it myself Jack and “Hitler did nothing wrong” didn’t provide me any anagrams either. However, i tried it using my phone not a computer. I like to think it’s a technical glitch as the idea that some individuals are trying to control public discourse using an anagram website is petty and pathetic.

    • John Billingsley

      I think it may have something to do with the platform one uses or maybe it is just an intermittent glitch. I tried “Hitler did nothing wrong” and got quite a few anagrams, none of which were noteworthy. I used Chrome.

    • Rich in CT

      When I tested it, it took several minutes for the results to load (there were several thousand). The connection likely timed-out for Jack (a la poor internet service previously mentioned in his town?)

  8. I stick to simple anagrams, like “shit” for “this.”

  9. Neil Dorr

    Jack,

    How could you have overlooked “Dwindling Herring Tooth”?

  10. I never would’ve made it in the Garden of Eden.

    After playing along a couple of times, my favorite results:

    For “Hillary must die” –
    “Hi dismally true” and “Mulishly dare it.”

    For “Trump is the greatest” –
    “Pure meth strategist” and “Smut gatherers pet it.”

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