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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-10-2003, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Three words in the English language end in "gry". One is hungry, the other is angry. EveryONE knows the third word and uses them everyday. What is the third word? Do you know this riddle
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-10-2003, 11:46 AM
 
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A very early version, found in an old book by a member of the Stumpers list, goes like this:

"There are three words in the English language that end with 'gry'. Two of these are angry and hungry. The third word is a very common word, and you use it often. If you have read what I have told you, you will see that I have given you the third word. What is the third word? Think very carefully."
The next page of the book gave this answer:

"Three, the question has nothing to do with angry, hungry, or any of the many other obscure words that end in 'gry', it is a simple question asking you what the third word in the sentence is. As you take tests, remember this."

The full text of the e-mail containing this version is quoted at the bottom of this page.
As asked on the Bob Grant radio show (New York City) in 1975, which many experts believe to be the earliest documented version, it went:

"There are only 3 words in the English language, all adjectives, which end in -gry. Two are angry and hungry; the third word describes the state of the world today. What is it?"
(Several sources say this was "taken from an old book", which leaves open the question of whether it was from the same book referred to in the e-mail above, or whether there were already multiple forms of the puzzle going around.)
According to Ross Eckler of Word Ways magazine, while there are "nearly one hundred" words ending in -gry, none of them are common. But only one of them (besides angry and hungry) is an adjective, and that is meagry, a word found in the Oxford English Dictionary which means "meager." So meagry would seem to answer the question, at least in this form.

Yet another version that many believe is the original, "right" form of the question, goes thus:

"Two words that end in -gry are 'angry' and 'hungry'. There are three
words in the English language. What is the third word? It's a common word
that everyone knows."
In this case, the answer is the third word in the phrase "the English language", i.e. "language"! The part about "angry and hungry" turns out to be a red herring. (from COPYEDITING-L list and the rec.puzzles Usenet newsgroup's FAQ) People who don't know the trick to this puzzle, by changing the wording when they pass the question along, have mangled the question until there is no real answer! Most people now seem to accept this as the "real" answer.
A similar suggestion (from Charles Wiedemann of Hackettstown, NJ, printed in Marilyn Vos Savant's column in Parade magazine March 9, 1997) is that the original form was

"There are at least three words in the English language that end in G or Y.
One of them is "hungry" and another one is "angry". There is a third word, a
short one which you probably say every day. If you are listening carefully to
everything I say, you just heard me say it three times. What is it?"
When the listener gives up, you explain: "You assumed I said "G-R-Y", but in fact I said "G or Y", and the word is "say". Because so many people read Parade as part of their Sunday newspaper, this version is gaining ground.
The other word ending in -gry by Dave Friedman at http://www.fun2play.com/gry/ has still more links and yet another solution ("What is the third word" is not a question but the answer, he suggests)! Useless Knowledge (an apt summary of this whole thing!) quotes the form of the puzzle that would give this answer as follows:

There are two words that end with "gry".
Angry is one and hungry is another.
What is the third word.
Everyone uses it every day and
Everyone knows what it means.
If you have been listening,
I have already told you what the word is.
Notice that the third line "sounds" like a question when read.

In this version, what is the answer to the puzzle! (At least, I guess, when he's not playing second base.)


Still another variation which appeared on Stumpers is worded as follows:

There are three words in the English language that end in gry. The first ONE is hungry, the second is angry, and the third everyONE uses everyday. If you have read this carefully I have given a clue.

Worded this way, with such emphasis on "one", one could make the case that one possible answer is "one", in other words, the "third ONE".
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I though it was just me confused, but that is why I have glasses I am always confused, bad monkey bad monkey.
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Answer Number One:

Here one answer, in a nutshell, quoted from "Gry, Gry, Everywhere, and Not a Clue In Sight", from The Word Detective, the online version of Words, Wit and Wisdom, a newspaper column that answers readers' questions about words and language, and is currently syndicated in newspapers in the U.S., Mexico and Japan. Here is the gist of what its author has to say:

Perhaps the whole puzzler is more a grade school antic than anything else. The way I heard the setup for the question was this:

There are three words in the English language that end with "gry." One is hungry and the other is angry. What is the third word? Everyone uses this word every day, everyone knows what it means, and knows what it stands for. If you have listened very closely I have already told you the third word.

If you read the second sentence you see that the "third" word is "hungry".

The author is writing here about the third word in the second sentence of the riddle, exactly as quoted, NOT some mythical third commonly used English word ending in "-gry". We admit this is a rather stupid riddle, but then we we didn't make it up; we just answer it, over, and over, and over.

The Word Detective may be found on the web at Answer Number Two:

The other answer also involves the way in which the riddle is posed, and will work only when spoken. It goes like this: "There are at least three commonly-used English words ending in 'g' or 'y'. One is 'hungry', the other is "angry'..." and so on. After the victim has been given time to be driven sufficiently nuts, the riddler is supposed to reveal the magic word, 'or', which, of course, sounded like 'r' in the spoken riddle. This one was reported in Marilyn Vos Savant's column, "Ask Marilyn", in the Parade supplement to the March 9, 1997 issue of the Arizona Republic.

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Thats what I copied too!! just a bit longer........... LOL
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Thats what I copied too!! just a bit longer........... LOL
I know......but these guys were so confused I thought I'd give them the short version. The long version won't fit on the bus they ride.

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This is not a testable subjectis it? I quit thats why I dropped out of kintergardener skool, it was 2 difik- difikl- *@($& Hard, dammit.
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So what's the fucking answer!! I don't have time to figure out the replies!
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You fucked up the delivery! You typed the riddle wrong! Jack ass, I just wasted 30 minutes on this shit I found the answer, anyway, after some Googling.
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You fucked up the delivery! You typed the riddle wrong! Jack ass, I just wasted 30 minutes on this shit I found the answer, anyway, after some Googling.
lol......get off the short bus!!! His delivery is fine. There is more than one answer to the riddle.

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No, because the structure of his first attempt prevents the association with the three word sentence.
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No, because the structure of his first attempt prevents the association with the three word sentence.
There is still more than one answer.

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WAAAYYYYY too much time on your hands.... I'm going back to playing MotoGP2.
Me too. It's easier to get a 1:30 on Muguello than to figure this riddle out. and I've been tested with a 136 IQ!

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