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sprinG summEr autumN winTer

Does anyone know what this means?

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  • $\begingroup$ Well the only thing that sticks out is the capitalized letter (which is steganography and not a rebus puzzle) and they spell GENT - unless the Does is intentional in which case you can add the D. Otherwise we need more information as to where this came from, what context there is/was etc. $\endgroup$ – n_plum May 3 '17 at 2:12
  • $\begingroup$ @n_palum Silenus answer shows this is a rebus puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Jamal Senjaya May 3 '17 at 4:19
  • $\begingroup$ I saw the title and expected a puzzle that cleverly plays on the words "Can someone please tell me what the following means?" that are found so often on StackExchange, but sadly the words are just used in their common way here. :-) $\endgroup$ – ShreevatsaR May 3 '17 at 7:18
  • $\begingroup$ I'd call this a "dingbat" after the boardgame, rather than a rebus or steganography (which as far as I can tell are both more general terms). $\endgroup$ – AndyT May 3 '17 at 15:33
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This could be a rebus depicting

a man for all seasons, an idiom which means "a man who is very successful in many different types of activity". The rebus depicts the word gent, meaning man, distributed among the four seasons.


EDIT: I originally used the wrong preposition in the idiom, although the page I linked to had it correct. A now-deleted comment informed me of this. Rosie F also noticed my mistake here.

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Silenus has it almost right. The phrase is

a man for all seasons

which is

a quotation from a remark made by Robert Whittington about Sir Thomas More. A Man For All Seasons is also the title of a 1966 film about More.

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