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  • n. A mnemonic used for recalling lists of words, particularly in Scrabble, consisting of a "stem" of base letters and an accompanying phrase, each of whose letters can combine with the stem to form an anagram of a word.


Blend of anagram and mnemonic; coined by Scrabble player Bob Lipton. (Wiktionary)


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  • Lipton uses anamonics to keep track of large numbers of words. In simplest terms, an anamonic is a phrase that helps the player remember a group of words made up of similar letters, like the seven-letter word POLENTA plus a blank.
    --Paul McCarthy, 2008, Letterati, p. 135

    November 14, 2009