Help! I just moved houses into an area with many mosquitoes. However, I haven't been outside all week - ever since the first bump appeared on my skin. What's happening to me? Is this some weird sort of allergy?

Edit: I'm not worried about the bump. I know that that comes with mosquito bites. Why can't I bring myself to go outside? It should be an easy thing to manage.


Why will my friend have to grow his beard out?


I believe the answer is:

'Once bitten twice shy' which is a proverb like the hint and explains why you were hiding in your house after being bitten.

  • $\begingroup$ Based on the hint and tag, I think OP is looking for a little more wordplay than this. $\endgroup$ – Dedwards Nov 8 '18 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Dedwards sorry but there aren't too many tags that fit this. The wordplay was more so taking the English proverb too literally. $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 8 '18 at 16:48

You're clearly

bugging out due to being bogged down by bugs in your bog causing bulges.

But I haven't figured out your diagnosis. Retrospectively, maybe you should have thought twice before going to

beg a big bag of bog bugs.

  • $\begingroup$ Closest answer so far! I like the alliteration, but that's not the linguistic thing that I was after. $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 8 '18 at 15:06

Perhaps you have been bitten

not by a mosquito but by a vampire. Traditionally, vampires (1) also bite, (2) make their victims into vampires, and (3) can't tolerate sunlight. I'd have thought it wouldn't be hard to distinguish a mosquito bite from a vampire bite, though.

  • $\begingroup$ vampires and mosquitoes are also both blood suckers $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Nov 8 '18 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ I love the answer, it fits pretty well but my question has an answer based on linguistics. $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 8 '18 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, didn't notice the wordplay tag. OK. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 8 '18 at 15:07

I'm really not sure how to read these riddles, but maybe

you are a snail (since you moved your house to a new area) and the swelling of the bump makes it impossible for you to crawl out of your house again.

After all, you are

so small, that a mosquito bite leaves a comparatively big bump. So I advise to stay inside and wait for the swelling to abate.

  • $\begingroup$ I like your thinking, it reinterprets many of the words very well. However, I assure you that I am a human who may be taking something a bit too literally. $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 8 '18 at 15:22

Is it a

goosebump? It's too cold outside. Even my friend is growing a beard to ward the cold.

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You have moved to Norway, where mosquitoes are known as stikkemygg. Therefore, you have been "stikke"'d and are stuck inside.

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    $\begingroup$ Mind the tags - one of them is 'english' $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 8 '18 at 14:29

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