noun, verb, -grammed, -gram·ming.
1. a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”
2. anagrams, ( used with a singular verb ) a game in which the players build words by transposing and, often, adding letters.
Anagrams are fun. Yes, that’s the nerd in me speaking.
Being around a group of feisty Presbyterians on a weekly [and more] basis — sometimes, unusual conversation arises. Sometimes we find out that our friend has just finished writing a book about history based on the Three Stooges — and sometimes we have an English lesson on anagrams.
The rearranging of words…
words like …. Presbyterians.
anagram: Britney Spears.
After quickly checking to see if this was actually true — it was worth a few laughs … or more. Being a language nerd, I have pondered this anagram and spent some google time to see if there were other anagrams of Presbyterians worth looking into … and I compiled this short list of the ones that actually made some sense grammatically:
best in prayer
best PR in years
and of course….Britney Spears.
and I can’t help but wonder what this says about being a Presbyterian. Do we roll our eyes and laugh out of embarrassment that our denomination is associated with Britney Spears even in this most lingual of ways? Do we give a fist pump in the air out of our love of Britney’s musical talent? Do we brush it off as amusing coincidence?
Perhaps we do all of these at some point or another. For me, I’m proud of this anagram. Not because I think that Britney’s lyrical talent is good PR for Presbyterians, but rather because I think it can double as an analogy of inclusiveness and diversity within our claimed faith.
Through this process, Presbyterians now are able to be synonomous with being the best in prayer, having a priest [read clergy] nearby, having the best PR in years … and even including everyone within the realm of redemption and love, especially Britney Spears.
and this, my dear friends, is what it means to be a Presbyterian.