I'm a funny word really,
Even though I can mean the difference between life and death
In me you'll find the acquirement of goods
And also the beginning of something additional
Even a great snake, having eaten you and your questions
Preceding a great city, although a bit scrambled
What word am I ?


1 Answer 1


A bit of a stretch, maybe, but are you by any chance

Buoyancy? (at least I find that word a bit funny)

Life and death can definitely depend on it, if you are in danger of


Acquirement of goods can be found


as can the beginning of something additional

buoyancy (beginning of ”and”)

The snake is a

buoyancy (boa)

and it has clearly eaten both ”you” and the question ”why”, as those can be seen inside it, and the scrambled city is

New York City, or ”NYC” -> ”ncy”

  • $\begingroup$ Brilliant answer, this looks like it to me. +1. $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Feb 5, 2018 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Pretty sure that's it. Nice riddle and nice answer! $\endgroup$
    – Petey Pete
    Feb 5, 2018 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ You got it! I had another word in mind for "the beginning of something additional" (with the first 3 letters, or 4 phonetically at least), but yours works too. $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Feb 5, 2018 at 13:53
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe I should add an ancillary comment to the answer so we can all see the original idea too? $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Feb 5, 2018 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe indeed... $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:47

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