"a riddle that will kill your brain" - help me with this!

@secretbear (19460)
Philippines
June 28, 2007 9:16pm CST
a riddle that will kill your brain: there are only 3 words in english language that end in "-gry". 1 is "angry" and the other is "hungry". everyone knows what the third one means and what it stands for. everyone uses them everyday and if you listen to me carefully, i've given you the third word. what is it?
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@roniroxas (10568)
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
sounds like? agree. it sounds like hungry and angry
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
but it doesnt end with -gry. thanks anyway. ^__^
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
from castleghost's answer, I guess your answer is correct too. ^__^;; geez.. I really don't like riddles with so many answers!
@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
29 Jun 07
there are more then one answer. 1- the original riddle asked for 3 words containing gry and gryphon fits that. 2- there are 3 word "in english language" the third word is language. 3- there are 3 words that end in "-gry" but do they have to be in that order, energy fits that, but then so does synergy. 4- there are many old words or compound words that include hungry and angry, but that doen't fit the last half of the riddle "everyone knows what the third one means and what it stands for. everyone uses them everyday" 5- in a similar vein is the final line "i've given you the third word. what is it?" making the third word, it. I don't know if any of these will be your answer, or there is something else, but I offer these to you in response.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
you made me more confused. ^__^;; i really dont know the answer so i posted this here. i think -- 1 - "gryphon" does not fit coz it doesnt END with -gry 2 - language is not were looking for coz it also doesnt end with -gry 3 - yes, i think -gry should be in that order as with angry and hungry which means energy and synergy do not fit 4 - i think we are looking for a root word and NOT a compound word ending with -angry or -hungry 5 - i think its not "it" coz it doesnt end with -gry anyway, thanks. you made me think more than what im doing. ^__^
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
castleghost said 'language' is one of the possible answers so I guess you're right afterall brothertuck. ^__^
• United States
29 Jun 07
Elephant is an eight letter word. Can you spell it? s c r o o l d w o n IT
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
i can spell "it" too. hahaha! ^__^
• United States
29 Jun 07
The answer is "what". You've written the word 3 times. Just so you know I kind of cheated on this so dont take it as if I just automatically knew.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
"what"? but that doesnt end with -gry. it doesnt meet the conditions in the riddle. how did you cheat?
• United States
29 Jun 07
Three words, ending in -gry, and you use it daily? "I am hungry."
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
hahaha! I'd rather have this as the right answer! ^__^ I guess apart from castleghost's list of possible answer, this should be a correct answer too coz it fits the clues. everyone knows its meaning, everyone uses it everyday and it ends with -gry! ^__^ nice one giggles!!!
• United States
3 Jul 07
Thanx, and I'm diggin the best response. :)
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
4 Jul 07
u-huh. I just felt I had to give that pencil to ya! ^__^
• United States
30 Jun 07
www.fun-with-words.com/words_gry_angry_hungry_.html-32k- type in this site and you'll get my meaning. There are many different answers to this riddle depending on how you word it. The way you worded your question there is no real answer. It could be any thing but on this site it will help explain it better. The answer should have been language in the way you worded it but you didnt put quotation marks around it. If you did then think about it There are only 3 words in "The English language" that end in -gry. One is "angry" and the other is "hungry". Everyone knows what the third one means and what it stands for. Everyone uses them everyday and if you listen to me carefully , I have given you the third word. What is it?
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
yeah, this riddle is very deceiving. it actually became a pain in my head last week coz I kept thinking about it. reading castleghost's answer shedded light to me though. ^__^ I guess language is really the correct answer. pshew... I'm going to forget this riddle. & the answer that i'll put in my head is champagnegiggles' answer, 'i am hungry'. LOL
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I have to admit that when I read your riddle I was a little confused. As I read the responses to your riddle I got more confused but I also got interested and wanted to know what the answer is. So I decided to see if I could look the information up. I found an internet site called WiseGeek. WiseGeek had a long and lengthy way of explaining the answer so I decide to share the whole piece that was written. There are actually more than three words which end in -gry, but almost all of them have fallen out of common usage. The two words ending in -gry which have survived and are still commonly used are both adjectives: hungry and angry. When this particular brain teaser was first created, at least two other words ending in -gry were still in somewhat common use: meagry and aggry. Meagry referred to being meager, while aggry were polished stones used in some African jewelry. The problem with the -gry riddle today is that even those two words have fallen out of popular usage, leaving only angry and hungry. There is no readily available answer for the third common word ending in -gry. The original -gry brain teaser is now often presented as more of a trick question than an actual riddle. One popular variation on the original -gry riddle depends on the listener's powers of observation. The storyteller begins by telling the listener about two common words ending in -gry, which the listener may readily identify as "hungry" and "angry". In this form of the -gry riddle, the storyteller goes on to say there are only three words in "the English language". The storyteller asks the listener to name the third word, assuring him or her that the answer has already been provided. The correct answer is "language", since it is the third word in the phrase "the English language". Other variants on the original -gry riddle also hinge on this deceptive language. The storyteller may ask the listener to name three words which end in "gree". The listener may come up with both hungry and angry, but draw a blank on the third -gry word. The correct answer in this case is agree, since the storyteller usually finishes the riddle by saying 'you will agree I've provided the answer already.' The listener may only be thinking of the literal -gry ending, while the storyteller was implying the phonetic sound of 'gree'. There are other variations of the -gry riddle available on the Internet and in puzzle book collections. While a few may require researching archaic dictionaries for examples of actual words ending in -gry, most of these riddles only use the original -gry question as a distraction from the real word puzzle. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-three-words-that-end-in--gry.htm
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
so I guess brothertuck is correct with 'language' as his answer? hmmm... thinking of the clues like everyone uses it everyday and everyone knows its meaning, then I guess it is really language. whew! that riddle made me really think! I was squeezing my brain too hard for a word that ends with -gry that fits the bill... ^__^;; geez... my conclusion is I don't like this riddle. it has too many variants. anyway, thanks for this extensive answer. I appreciate it. it ended my misery. ^__^