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    OK, I'm stumped on this one, maybe someone on here will know. There are (supposedly) three words in the english language that end in -gry: Angry, Hungry, and one other. What is the third word?
    Shhh...my common sense is tingling!

    The beer is more important than you right now.

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    The riddle is not phrased properly.

    I googled "three words ending in gry" and got this:


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    Three :-P
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    There are NOT three words in the English language that end with "gry". At least not three COMMON words. The "answer" to this question lies in knowing the question in its ORIGINAL form. That orginal form was something like this:

    "Angry and "hungry" are two common words in the English language that end with "gry". What is the third word?

    Note that, in this form of the question, it is never stated that there ARE three common English words that end with "gry", just that "angry" and "hungry" are TWO that do. And in the second sentence, the one that actually asks the question, it does not specifically limit the answer to words that end with "gry" - it just asks what the third word is. The reader of the question ASSUMES that "the third word" refers to the third word that ends with "gry", making the simultaneous assumption that there are, in fact, three such words. This is natural because why else would anybody put these two sentences together?! Why? To confuse everyone! Once you accept the notion that the two sentences are not in any way related to each other, it is clear that nowhere is it stated there are, in fact, three common English words that end with "gry". Which is good, because there aren't! There are hundreds of words that would qualify if you drop the "common" restriction. But there simply are no COMMON words, other than "angry" and "hungry", that end with "gry".

    So, what is "the third word"? The third word of WHAT? The Holy Bible? The Constitution? Webster's dictionary? War and Peace? It doesn't say. So you have to make some kind of assumption. With no reference to what set of words is being asked about, the only logical assumption is that the author's intended set of words was those that appear in the sentence itself, since that is the only thing that is supplied as a reference. Therefore, the question becomes "What is the third word in this sentence?" And the answer is, "the".

    For obvious reasons, already stated, most who read [past tense] the orginal question assumed that there actually were three common words that end with "gry". And so, when they were stumped by this conundrum, and asked someone else for help, they included this assumption in their re-wording of the question, and altered the question slightly in a way that was in line with this assumption, but not in line with the intent of the original question. So the question very quickly departed from its original form (a "trick" question) into something that was completely unanswerable because it began with a false premise (like "There are three common words in the English language that end with 'gry'. What are they?" Many people, however, still believe the altered question to be merely a trick question, and not an unanswerable one. Some will absolutely insist that there is a third word that ends with "gry", just sitting out there, waiting for someone to stumble across it. They don't know what that answer is; they don't know of anyone who knows what it is; and after 40 years, no one has ever reported finding this third word. But there must be an answer, because the person that asked them swore there was an answer. The gullibility boggles the mind.


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      Thanks. Hard to research with limited internet access, and only thought about it when I saw the email again.
      Shhh...my common sense is tingling!

      The beer is more important than you right now.

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