I figure that you guys know more about word shit than I do, so I have a question.
If you were to create a list of anagrams for the word 'hello', would it be acceptable for 'helol' to be on that list twice given that you could switch the order of the two letter 'l's in there?
You wouldn't. But given that there are two letter 'l's, are they both valid anagrams given that, if you were to number each letter, they would be different?
" h1 e2 l3 l4 o5 "
helol (a): " h1 e2 l3 o5 l4 "
helol (b): " h1 e2 l4 o5 l3 "
id say no
an anagram takes one arrangement, and makes a new one
if the letters aren't distinguishable from each other, then you cannot make a new arrangement
e.g. you can make an anagram out of "AAAA" because you have the same result no matter how you arrange them
No because anagrams are about the words and letters themselves and not specific occurrences of them.
If you can label the two l's in "hello" as L1 and L2, it's because you're counting the occurrences of the letter L and not the letter itself. If you apply that logic consistently you can just make an anagram that just has the word "hello" over and over again, on the basis that each new occurrence of the word is made up of new letter occurrences. But that would be boring as fuck (even by anagram standards) and not the reason people do anagrams.