Here's the answer to that pesky brain teaser going around the Net. Even though it is not strictly a joke, you will avoid losing hours of time if you ever discover it in your incoming e-mail. The answer below explains the brain teaser's question too.

How did john find this answer...simple...he used the Internet, of course, by doing an advanced search on AltaVista for rhymning AND words AND webster. He found it within the http://www.shu.ac.uk web site and they deserve the credit. You can sleep well tonight.

Quoting this site ---

"Origin of: Gry - Words ending in

This isn't a phrase but it is included here as many people search this site looking for the mythical 'third word ending in GRY'. If you are one such, read the explanation below and relax - you can stop searching.

The story goes like this: A riddle of this form is circulating widely on the Internet, 'There are three words in English that end in GRY, hungry and angry are two, what is the third'? Much effort has gone into finding the word and various pseudo-medical or otherwise obscure words that purport to fit the bill have been put forward.

The confusion comes from the fact that the version of the riddle in circulation isn't the original and misses a vital part of the wording. In its original form the riddle went like this: 'Think of words that end in GRY. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word? The word is something that everyone uses every day. If you have listened carefully, I have already told you what it is'. So, is all now clear?

The phrase 'The English language': how many words - three. Third word: 'language', which of course we all use every day. "


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