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I'm thinking of a word.

It's money earned that you can't use
Do this in a fight, you'll have a bruise
Say it long or keep your shoes
The death of poor old Moose...

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  • $\begingroup$ I intended Moose to be a name. Hopefully this helps :) $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 21:03
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    $\begingroup$ Oh. I figured we were dealing with Møøse and sisters. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha May 5 '16 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ That being said, it works either way. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 21:12
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This is a long shot and kind of vague, but is it...

LOOSE / LOSE?

Money earned that you can't use:

"loose money"

If you

lose a fight

you'll have a bruise.

I think the "Say it long or keep your shoes" has something to do with

your shoelaces being loosely tied

and the last verse I pretty much based on rhyme :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Your answer is what I intended but could you address the lines individually? Edit: Took away correct answer until I'm a bit happier with the explanation line for line. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ @BenjaminBraun I tried to be a bit more precise and edited my answer. $\endgroup$ – Eutherpy May 5 '16 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ Why can't you use loose money? $\endgroup$ – paste May 5 '16 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Eutherpy still don't have an explanation for the last line, also for the first line I agree with paste. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 23:18
  • $\begingroup$ I think Moose is referring to a famous character, can't quite put my finger on who... $\endgroup$ – cr0 May 5 '16 at 23:53
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Lost


It's money earned that you can't use

"They paid me cash for mowing the lawn, but now the money is ____!"

Do this in a fight, you'll have a bruise

"Where'd you get that black eye?" "Oh, I ____ in a fight..."

Say it long or keep your shoes

Say it long or keep your shoes. I want to keep my shoes, so I don't say this word long... Does "lost" make sense here? Still not sure about this one. Looooooooooooooooooost. Laaaaaaaaaaaaawst.

The death of poor old Moose...

Moose, the dog star in the hit show Frasier, died in Los(t) Angeles

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  • $\begingroup$ Still not quite it. Maybe it will make more sense if you consider this riddle in the modern day. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 6 '16 at 0:05
  • $\begingroup$ Also doesn't require outside knowledge. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 6 '16 at 0:10
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    $\begingroup$ @BenjaminBraun it seems like it does, though, given the last line (Moose is capitalized, like a name, indicating that their death is something we should have some knowledge of) $\endgroup$ – question_asker May 6 '16 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ I just pulled the name Moose out of my head, call it a poorly executed red herring then. Also see my answer. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 6 '16 at 12:36
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Is it

Charge

It's money earned that you can't use

like a credit charge

Do this in a fight, you'll have a bruise

rushing forward toward a person

Say it long or keep your shoes

saying it "long": chaaaaaaaaarrge!! involves runnning

The death of poor old Moose...

A moose charging at something bigger can kill it

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  • $\begingroup$ Also interesting. But the keep your shoes and the Moose bit are stretches. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ You're interpretation of "say it long" is what I was going for, but with a different word :) $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 23:20
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This is probably a bit of a stretch, but the word might be

Super

It's money earned that you can't use

Super, as in superannuation. Funds kept for retirement

Do this in a fight and you'll have a bruise

Not too sure on this one, maybe a super in wrestling, where you jump off the ropes onto the opponent? You may end up with a bruise from the landing

Say it long or keep your shoes

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it's a pretty long word

The death of poor old Moose

Again, not too sure. Possibly the death of superman?

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The word is

Lose


Explanation

The parts of the riddle use the word lose 4 ways (some of which are arguably lateral.)

It's money earned that you can't use

lost

Money that is lost can't be spent

Do this in a fight, you'll have a bruise

lose

If you lose a fight you may end up bruised

Say it long or keep your shoes

loose

Say lose "long" to add the extra o. If your shoes are loose you might lose them (otherwise, you keep them.)

The death of poor old Moose...

loss

Loss is the condition of losing. The death of Moose is a loss. I am saddened that Moose from Frasier died.

(Eutherpy, cr0 both had good answers but I wanted to give a complete answer for lurkers.)

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  • $\begingroup$ The "a word" part of the question had me stuck between lose, lost, loose...loss was too much of a stretch in the mindset I approached this with. I imagine Eutherpy was feeling the same. Now I see $\endgroup$ – cr0 May 6 '16 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ I think Eutherpy got this one, as he answered with 2 of the 3 variations on "a word" - lose and loose. I guessed lost, and you revealed loss as the explanation for the Mu-character Moose $\endgroup$ – cr0 May 6 '16 at 15:34
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is it

a Bank?

It's money earned that you can't use

Because you have it in your savings account

Do this in a fight, you'll have a bruise

If you hit someone with a chair (WWE)

Say it long or keep your shoes

If you are going to stay in the bench in your next (baseball) game?

The death of poor old Moose.

Old Moose, or any company that "died" to bankruptcy.

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting but the baseball bit seems to be a stretch. Bank was not what I intended. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Braun May 5 '16 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ dang it. I knew the baseball part was too much XD. $\endgroup$ – pagutier May 5 '16 at 22:15

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