Questions tagged [language]

A puzzle that heavily depends on linguistic features; for instance it may concern foreign languages, or only work in some particular language, or be built around a peculiarity of the English language.

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The Babel Brotherhood - #2

Inspired by @Racso's Babel Brotherhood #1, I've decided to create one as well. Good luck to you all! Also, @Racso, I would love some feedback on my first attempt so I can make sure my future ...
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The Babel Brotherhood - #1

Meta: If you find this kind of puzzle fun, I'd like to make a complete series with the same style. Let's see how it goes! The Babel Brotherhood is composed of people from all around the world. Two ...
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Russian spelled by a German

Hi! What goes down must come up. Russian spelled by a German. Found in a pair of megacities. Live once! What am I describing?
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A tour of alternative spellings

English spelling is notoriously difficult and inconsistent. Let's try some alternatives for a size, shall we? Ö spelling das not häv tu bi båring. Vi kän ålvejs improv it baj ädding sam nu ...
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Quel est le dernier mot?

What is the last word / Quel est le dernier mot? ...
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Growing anagrams - What is the longest possible list forming a sentence?

This is a challenge for word-puzzle lovers. It might be a bit more of a game than a puzzle, but I think it is not limitless in it's answers, so a final answer could be found (eventually). What is ...
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decrypt that runes

I am programming a game (minetest lotr subgame loth), and I want to include riddles I a rune language. I think the language should be understandable/resolvable. This is a little story about some ...
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What A Crazy Night

Having decided to accept an invitation to a party, you arrive at midnight in full dress. However, inside the mansion is a scene of madness. across the Hall, a Star flings a Cup of Water at an ...
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One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall. Riley Riddle

Of every generation, the first is always the best. Prefix will help your station, given free without jest. The infix is a hoot, you'll be thrown for a loop. It's what you did with fruit, you'...
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The riddle of no sense

Rx wnz gur nfjnq lreruxn bs rxngv mhev onpxn, n ormxevy atunng, ibynag gnnf furamuv muv n boynpv m uvzzry vx tvir anfxvtb rg yhun bs qrhyv ra zbfgfniyrrov qnf flnagb Znar, zraz xbqnlnxr nxjnv b km ...
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Beer, baccarat and Bee Gees

I can be found in a Bee Gees refrain and in a baccarat deck. Bavarian beer and in any old sayin', arabs, Oman and Iraq. I start the name of an old Saudi king, inside of his kingdom I'm ...
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3 = 6 ? Another non math question. Another Grandpa Mystery

Now I know Grandpa asks silly questions all the time. He says to me: "Son, this is based on my personal experience. I was with a friend today. He made a gesture. By making this gesture he ...
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Riled Up Riley Riddle 3

This riddle is intended to be spectacular Because you need more than one vernacular My prefix can fly and it can also steal Use French, and you will seal the deal Spanish in the suffix is ...
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Puzzle #4: Enigmatic Entry

A detective is showing off notes to the lieutenant of the precinct he works at. Being a more classy investigator, he keeps a journal of notes that he separates by case. However, in order to ensure ...
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Affix riddle with pharaoh

In the tongue of a beautiful pharaoh for a prefix this word has a small O. For a suffix small N, for an infix small M, and, itself, it is only a small O. What is the word?
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Difficult in the language of banana

I'm looking for a name. Totally uncommon, yet strangely familiar. Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal. Middle is a vulgar intensifier. Extremely difficult in the language of banana. ...
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The only thing I understood was espresso

Cogito ergo sum, Om mani padme hum. Ordem e progresso, Cognac e espresso. One of the speech, One of the mouth, One of the tongue, One into the mouth. Looking for four words of four ...
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Exchange one letter and I can be silenced

Tired of short riddles yet? I claim me, myself, and I. I can be found in stone, and I can find stone. I can burst, causing irreparable damage. I am an abundance. I am?
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My prefix is the result of human creativity

My prefix is the result of human creativity. My suffix creates hazards. My infix represents me in another language. I am often found in the ground. What am I?
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No, he was not wearing a wig

It may be a bit of an overused trope, but my husband-to-be took me to eat in a nice restaurant for my birthday. When we entered the restaurant, I had a strange feeling that this was something I'd seen ...
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A message for the future. do you think future humans will be able to translate this? [closed]

Fastest one who translates the message into english wins this contest! (and answer question in title please)
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Just another puzzle

Another puzzle.... it goes: ory-llo baste-bet-iram-el ↻-yang-to-lp? 32 3543 X442 Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: Hint 5: Hint 6:
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Words with most and fewest syllables for given length?

What is the greatest and least number of syllables that a word of a given length can have? More precisely, for each word length from 1 letter to 20 letters, find words of that length containing as ...
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The Yerata number system

There are only a few words for numbers in the Yerata1 language. Here are all of them, in random order: imu tere nuopo rowintom rowintom rowintom imu tere nuopo re nuopo rowintom re nuopo nuobo imu ...
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Such pride, such strength

19th; cobra, melancholy, like, talk. Reverse of 23; anger, the gathering, create. Intelligent adjective; gain, gone, under reverse. Never work; below, before 20, the gooseling. Go figure... ...
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I May Have Horns, But I Am Not the Devil

A big credit to @frodoskywalker for my riddle. Although the user did not write this riddle, one of their answers on this site served an inspiration. I will not show the particular answer, however, in ...
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Little Pictures: Charlie's Lunch Edition

Charlie was at school- middle school, to be exact. He had begun to chat with others his age, and was starting to make some friends. In particular, he had found a female friend, which made him very ...
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Little shared property puzzle

What property do the things on this list share? 7 W Spring Yellow Rock Magenta Gas Shoulders Medium Examples of things not on the list: Solid Blue ...
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Find words with the highest proportion of a single letter

Thanks to JoeZ, pacoverflow, isaacg, Sp3000, Novarg, Ram, h34, and all those who contributed answers that have since been beaten. I've accepted JoeZ's answer since he has the most mentions on the list ...
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Longest Word made from Smaller Words

Objective: Find the longest word, which can be made from concatenation smaller words. Rules: * Words (and smaller words inside) must be findable at dictionary.com * Punctuation (for example ') does ...
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Longest Calculator Word?

Current Best; Babingtonites = 5371207621898; 13 letters We all know from fooling around with a calculator at some point in our lives, the when we turn a calculator upside down we can make words. For ...
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Can you solve this rebus puzzle 2?

Two separate words. Can you solve it?
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International Hunger Crisis

Study the Inkblot Test. Read the anecdote. Determine the name of the establishment. Blots are not necessarily scaled relative to each other. So I was really {3} one day, so {3} off to get me a {5}...
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I run on the edge of a diamond

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different. I love to swim and dive. You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside. I changed my name when ...
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A globetrotting riddle, with a twist

This is an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1. First time doing an FTC, so let me know what you think. Let's take a little trip around the world, shall we? Make sure to ...
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Weird WhatsApp message

Today I found by internet an artist that does commissions. I wanted to get drawn a map for one of my role playing games. First I tried to call him (there's a lot personal info on the website I found ...
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Thousand dollars puzzle poor women [duplicate]

A poor woman and a rich woman are talking about music. The poor woman says she has studied music and can find a song with any name in it. The rich woman says "OK, if you can find a song with my son'...
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Craft the longest Scrabble sentence

This is another challenge along the same vein as similar challenges that have shown up on this site, requiring the puzzle to craft the longest possible sentence given a specific requirement. What is ...
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National Language

This is an entry into the Fortnightly topic Challenge: 35 Bob has had a few weird experiences with different people. Can you tell what is happening here? The final answer will tell you, why English ...
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Computational Linguists

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1.Computational Linguists In order to help me boost my paltry grades, the professor of my computer class has given me an extra credit ...
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WmK: Oh, Life Relax Please!

"Oh, Life Relax Please!" is the title of a book about yoga that my Grandfather gifted me. This Wordmorph K is inspired by his love of wisdom and knowledge. If you are not familiar with this kind of ...
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Wordmorph K: An Introduction

Let me introduce you to a game I invented called Wordmorph K (WmK). You may have played a variation of this game in the past. WmK Rules: 1) The objective is to transform the "Start Word" to the "...
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Conspiracy Theories

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. I think a friend of mine sent me a letter. However, I can't seem to decrypt his message. I'm worried about ...
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The Wizard's Spellbook

One day in the 1620's, you discover a cave. Deep in the cave, you discover a door. Behind the door, you discover a hall. Deep in the hall is the wizard's house. Lit by candles, a large leather bound ...
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Just Read My Lips

Do you know the game I play? I think that it's quite fun. Find the rules that bind it, and you just might find the one. This puzzle's for lovers once kissing - and a missing thing used for ...
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Yet more consonant sameness

Never one to revile the practice of doing the same idea as everyone else here is another consonant puzzle Consonants remain in same order and the vowels shuffle so for example Lone Star State Cabs is ...
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Shortest ancient devout filmy literal

Here are linked clues: An ancient alphabet Related to an association between measures of a circle Part of a title of an English movie of an auto-biopic An abbreviated form representing loyal/...
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This Riddle Should Be Easy

I am a word with rhyming parts, Each part a word if spoken aloud. The first is to bully The last is to steal And spoken together, a pleasant meal. What am I?
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I am the smallest, only a hand

I am the smallest part, only a hand, yet I stand in front of the Almighty. Before water, I am a sea, yet I live in a city. I am the tenth, and the one after me can hold things. What am I? ...
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Using only the first three letters of the English alphabet

Find an English word which is three letters long beginning with t using only the first three letters of the English alphabet Now do the same using the same three letters but for a French word You may ...