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by Archaeology Newsroom

The secret anagrams in language referring to the digestive system

The writer has already published a book with the title Unuttered Words (2000) where her arguments are drawn from Plato’s dialogue Kratylos. In her book she explains how anagrams are used in the Greek language. Here, in this article, she concentrates on the process of eating and of digestion. Words are formed by rearranging letters such as in ma-stos (breast) which becomes sto-ma (mouth). The mouth (sto-ma) thus is designated as the beginning of the stomach (sto-ma-hi). The words which form a sequence describing the peptic system are sto-ma that becomes mastos, sielos (saliva) that forms the word eileos(ileum), pharynx-oesophagos, and stomachos-stoma.