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Words Ending in GRY

Think of words ending 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.

The riddle states, “There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word?” The third word of the phrase “the English language” is of course “language.” Don’t get angry at me, I didn’t make it up :)

xkcd’s take on this riddle

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17 Comments on "Words Ending in GRY"

coblentz says
May 27, 2014 @ 17:49


Toby says
June 6, 2014 @ 23:46


kemo says
September 20, 2014 @ 18:15


Dan says
September 22, 2014 @ 16:02

Did you see this line?

“Angry and hungry are two of them”

Shailendra says
April 3, 2015 @ 13:38


Thief says
June 24, 2015 @ 01:34

What throws this riddle off is the absence of proper punctuation. The riddle should read “There are only three words in: the English language.” Though it’s subtle and most people would over look it as a typo, it would give a sharp mind the focus on the phrase: the English language.

Dan says
June 24, 2015 @ 09:25

An even clearer way would be:

There are only three words in the phrase, “the English language”, but we’re not going for clarity. :)

Aravind says
July 15, 2015 @ 12:14

The word is “language”

Raymond says
November 1, 2015 @ 22:21

I thought it was hungry.
It’s a word everyone uses everyday because people get hungry.

Raymond says
November 1, 2015 @ 22:22


Tyler says
November 9, 2015 @ 14:38

Apparently who ever made these riddles lacked in not only something to keep them occupied but as well intelligence due to the fact that these riddles are beyond stupid

Tamryn says
April 23, 2017 @ 19:01

I thought the word was energy

Dan says
April 23, 2017 @ 20:29

Energy ends in “rgy” instead of “gry”.

Larkin hill says
December 4, 2018 @ 20:35

The answer is pugry. Look it up. It’s a veil on the back of a hat to protect the neck from the sun. You’ve seen them, just not known the name. You’re welcome.

Casino says
January 7, 2019 @ 06:09

It’s a case of classic “Misdirection”, just not a very clever one. I hate these because they use incorrect and improper grammar , speech and linguistics in order to mislead the reader in what the question is asking. These deliberately include “False and Useless” information in order to aid the misdirection.
Logically, the question IS correct, can’t fault them there, but it’s not a true riddle.

“Think of words ending in -GRY.” – The misdirection start here.. you are deliberately thinking of words that end in GRY..

” Angry and hungry are two of them.” — Useless information, does not mean anything, but since this is a riddle written in “English”, you apply English Grammar and Proper Speech rules to it, and according to those rules the first sentence goes together with this one, else BOTH sentences are considered “Improper and do not go together”

“There are only three words in the English language.” — The misdirection ENDS here because it makes NO logical sense to tie this sentence with the first two, its both Logistically incorrect and as far as Grammar and Speech goes putting this with the first two is incorrect. You MUST read this as a STAND Alone Question with NOTHING to do with the first two.

“What is the third word?” — This is the second half of the riddle, remember you are Ignoring the fist two sentences because they are irrelevant. The TRUE riddle reads like this “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.” — Clues to the ACTUAL Riddle.. the true riddle is a Linguistics question.

The answer is “Language”, this is the third word in the phrase “The English Language”. You use “Language” every day, and yes, they used the word “Language” in the riddle…

Robert says
October 21, 2022 @ 06:47

I always was told that this riddle was only possible when said verbally…not written.

“There are at least three words in the English language that end in G or Y…which “sounds like” GRY”…Throwing in hungry and angry just makes one think that the person indeed said GRY. The answer to the riddle then becomes any word that ends in G…like doG…or Y, like happY. There are certainly more than three words…probably several thousand. Saying, “at least three” words adds to the misunderstanding of what was actually said.

It always amazes me how people can take a simple childish joke and completely ruin it by over-analyzing it.

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