# Make it shorter by adding

A five letter English word becomes shorter when 2 more letters are added to it.

1. What is the original word?
2. What are the 2 letters?

NOTE: I heard this puzzle from friends and don't claim my creativity

• You should have asked smaller, the wording gives away the answer. Apr 14 '15 at 14:02
• @VincentAdvocaat: because small is not a five-letter word with the same properties? Apr 14 '15 at 14:09
• @VincentAdvocaat even smaller it self is an answer :P Apr 14 '15 at 14:12
• why did i count small as being 4 letters, sorry it's been a long day. haha Apr 14 '15 at 14:12

The original five-letter English word is

short

The two letters that are added to it are

er

Edit: these two also work:

Shore + tr
Sorer + ht

I think it is

short, and then add "er" to make it shorter!

Shore

becomes "shorter" when you add the letters

t and r