The first Lost anagram
An anagram is the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce another, using all the original letters only once. Anagrams should reflect or comment upon the original subject, such as being a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise.
The revelation of Ethan Rom's name as an anagram for "Other Man", a fact emphasized on the Oceanic-air.com website, led many fans to discover that the Lost metaverse could be similarly analyzed for such content.
For suspected anagrams, visit the Anagram/Theories page.
The following have been verified or referenced by the producers of Lost. This means that not only are the anagrams relevant to the original words, but the producers of Lost purposefully used the original words with the hope fans would discover the anagram.
|Ethan Rom||Other man
|Mittelos||Lost time||Official Lost Podcast 12 February 2007|
Any word or phrase can, however be rearranged into other words. For example, the phrase "Vincent the dog" can be anagrammed into over 600 phrases, including "Iced Thong Vent" and "Dig The Convent". Yet the intent of anagramming is to generate something meaningful in the context of the original word or phrase, and the vast majority of anagrams are unintentional and not notable perception of patterns or connections, where in fact none exist, is a phenomenon known as apophenia.
Alternate reality games
For more information, see The Lost Experience
For more information, see Find 815
Anagram solving was also used to gain many clues and passwords in The Lost Experience and, to a lesser extent, Find 815. Two clear character anagrams generally accepted as "true" in the Lost Experience are "waking dream" for Mandrake Wig and "yellow lab" for Wally Bole. In Find 815, "smash moat" and "a warn witness" are both clear anagrams of Sam Thomas and "I want answers", respectively.