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Ars Magna

For those of us who delight in the origin of words, we also get pretty jazzed about anagrams. Thus, I wanted to share a great PBS documentary called ars magna on just that – anagrams.  One of the best parts of ars magna is that ars magna means ‘great art’ in Latin and is an anagram for anagrams.  Blows your mind a little, right?

It documents Cory Calhoun and shares his famous Hamlet anagram:

The original…

To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…

The anagram… 

In one of the Bard’s best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.

Brilliant.

Watch Video | Ars Magna: Short Films | POV | PBS.

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