It walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in the evening. What is it?
Man (or woman). A baby crawls on all fours, then walks on two legs as an adult and uses two legs and a cane when they’re old.
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39 Comments on "Four Legs in the Morning"
Dean says February 2, 2017 @ 09:43
xavier anderson says March 18, 2017 @ 22:31
the answer is man
Susan Johann says March 26, 2017 @ 00:38
I’m a human and I’m on two legs at all times of the day. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s not lame.
janiya says April 19, 2017 @ 12:51
i no that from pus and boots from the sfixs
Daron reid says June 26, 2017 @ 16:57
The answer is human being
Rockett says July 7, 2017 @ 23:34
Its metaphorical now.
Its kind of a stretch in modern english.
Its clever qualities are kind of lost to translation.
Dawn and twilight refer metaphorically to periods of life now but in the past the words for morning noon and evening were sometimes literally the words that referred to stages of life.
Most of the words would have had double meanings in ancient greek or latin. I wont waste time going through all the iterations of this riddle but i think translating it to what “goes” rather than what “walks” is the more accurate version.
Here are just some of the double meanings that would have made this more clever in the past.
Mane= morning, early, early on
go,walk, run are often the same word
ancient greek for leg can also mean any piece of a group of identical pieces
(probably why earlier versions make it a point to say this thing also has a voice since this could be taken to mean wheels)
I’d compare it to “What has a head and tail and no legs?” = a coin.
Heads and tails when referring to a coin is somewhat restricted in both time period and language. The double meaning is apparent to us but would make little sense in many other languages, until the person knows the answer and could then say ” I guess I could see how a head and tail could be talking about a coin”
Rockett says July 8, 2017 @ 00:17
Additionally, the words for morning, noon, and evening would have literally referred to any beginning, middle and end.
So, in the past it would have been something more like:
What has a voice, goes on four parts in the beginning, two parts in the middle and three parts at the end.
If the word for parts also meant legs, beginning middle and end inferred time of day but didn’t necessarily mean time of day and old people commonly used canes colloquially referred to as “third legs”
Jose T says July 4, 2019 @ 13:09
The morning, afternoon, and evening refer to your lifespan. When you were a baby (morning) you crawled on all fours, in the middle of your life (afternoon) you walk on just 2 legs and when you’re old (evening) you walk with a cane aka the 3rd leg.
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