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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Name That… Name?

A ton of shackles trapped in ice A black man who is green seems nice A group of two Englishmen with love for different girls A man of small units makes chemists go for a whirl People don't take ...
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what do these words have in common

libro, livre, libre, leabhar, kirja, iphepha What do these words have in common?
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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my ...
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The Word Chain! [closed]

You must create a sentence that is grammatically correct, each word must begin with the last letter in the word before. The first word must start with the last letter of the last word. This sentence ...
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Please help me find myself

When I am in the sea, I'm always falsy When you add it, you can finally see me! When you take a drink with me, people say I'm a fool - but I always drop the l. hint: hint 2: last hint:
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Is this a Riley? No, it is a Tylo!

With three I'm a worker With four I'm against you With seven I have an anagram that steals With all eight I save you Inspired on @tyobrien template
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A riddling rhyme: Far

You are far away yet you are near, You are far away yet I can hear, You were rather close now you are not, You sent me a message of that I got, You are far away yet I can see, ...
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My little sister & I [closed]

Inspired by several recent questions about siblings. My little sister was born a day¹ after me. Yet, we are not twins. I love her very much. Now the question: Where am I? EDIT: yes, the intended ...
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In Excess of “IX”es

My prefix? A choice always off'ring the best. My suffix? An action afflicting the rest. My infix? Detectives that take me to test, And speak me out loud, where oft I'm at my best. Hint:
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Aki's favorite game

After introducing you to my new little friend Aki, it's time to reveal what his favorite game is! What is the new hobby of the little Aki? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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What can I be? (Second attempt)

I exist in many languages In these languages, I exist in many forms In the most common language, I am defined as breathable In an ethnic group which has the same name as a programming ...
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Decipher the message

Message: 2519977! 61 1315079 799! clues: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_alphabet https://translate.google.com/
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Transforming letters into words

I found this weird-looking puzzle in the 2007 Tournament of the Towns. For each letter A to Z, I allot a specific English word containing (but not necessarily starting with) that letter. Then I write ...
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A Stulano family

Shortly after embarking on your trans-oceanic voyage, you meet an extended family who speak Stulano.* Although you don't share a language, they quickly "adopt" you as one of their own. You pass a ...
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Olympics connect?

Since the CS50x Puzzle Day has ended here in the USA, I think I can now ask this question. The following table has been given and we need to find a single word related to it. The logic could be ...
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The writing is on the wall for these hieroglyphics

My mother, turning 80 this month, is convinced that anyone born into Generation Z will not be able to decipher the following. This is an ancient form of communication called "Cursive" [kur-siv], ...
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I eluded the Romans

My law precedes humans', though discovered by metal, I am the first element, though don't look at tables, Sometimes you can find me in a dictionary, but be careful... You don't want me ...
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An astronomical saw

In very similar manner, only one is successful, spending his wealth, a fruit for his health. What misery causes. Who am I? Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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When I grow up, I want to be

As our story begins, six children meet on a hot summer day. They are enjoying the end of their summer holidays before they must return to school. However, they have now reached the age where they must ...
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You go wherever you go today

A conclusion to my entries in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids. This metapuzzle incorporates the three previous puzzles in this series: Desert Irrigation Project I am an ...
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The Doom of us all

ᚱᚨᚷᚾᚨᚱᛟᚲ The battle grounds are soaked in sweat Blood red embers stain the sky The father of the beasts is dead Flickering flames dance farewell, Like a swan, red as blood. The war is over. My ...
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Plural-ling plurals

On one recent car trip my mates and I were discussing the endlessly fascinating world of English Language. When one of us brought up the famous "octopus plural becomes octopi" it started a whole gamut ...
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Use us, fop. All kin ill

Behold a set of ten anahomophonagrams: expressions taken from well-known idioms, song lyrics, and pop culture, converted to like-sounding words and then reordered into new expressions. For example, <...
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Deer-hunting in Mesak

The following are ten sentences in the Mesak language: ...
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The Semur number system

The following is a list of 11 numbers in the Semur language¹ in a randomized order. Ten of them represent the first ten prime numbers. The remaining number is the sum of two other numbers on the list. ...
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Make a sentence with the most different uses of the same word [closed]

Background I recently stumbled across the following grammatically correct sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. This sentence relies on the fact that the ...
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Is it possible to find a word ending in every letter-vowel combination?

Take your five vowels and add each letter of the alphabet in front of them i.e. AA,BA,CA,DA. This should give you 130 different letter combinations. Is it possible to find an English word(not ...
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Longest autological loop?

A word is said to be autological if it describes itself. This can be a property of both nouns and adjectives; for example, "noun" is a noun and "pentasyllabic" is pentasyllabic. We can also construct ...
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Not the only one

I am one, but not the only one. If you deify me, I leave. If you do something else to me, I give wisdom. If you take me, you are doing something that starts with me. What am I? Hint:
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90% of people will fail this puzzle!

Those of us who have a Facebook account probably have lots of connections in it. Some are actually real, but then there are the rest of them -- the ones that use Wiktionary instead of real ...
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Mysterious note at the United Nations

Mysterious note at the United Nations Location: UN headquarters Date: Unknown You have just had a presentation on world wide economic reform which would be enforced by the UN. It felt good! The ...
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Brown Bear vs. Black Rhino

I once tried to create an interesting trivia question, where cheating with Google wouldn't help you. I think I did rather well. I do realise that posting this question here completely defeats the ...
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A Rattling Tale

(I apologise for the length of this story and poor formatting of the dialogue. There are some pretty long questions at /questions/tagged/story, so I figured they are not banned. If you feel it is too ...
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A word pronounced like letters

Can you give me a word that when pronounced, sounds exactly like pronouncing some of the letters of the alphabet. For example The word TEEPEE sounds exactly like the letters T and P so TP, just as ...
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✯ Familiar Faces ✯ \(^ヮ^)/

I invited a bunch of people to a small party: A. ㇏(う_う)ノ B. (°ヘ°) C. (イ◠‿◠) D. ¯\_(シ)_/¯ E. (メ°皿°)ノ Everyone made it and we all had a great time. I ...
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Either way the same

Fill in the blanks to find two longest words of their own kind: __ __ __ __ V __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ V __ __ __ __ What is the theme ?
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What English words contain the vowel letters, a, e, i, o, and u, with fewest consonant letters?

What English words contain the five vowel letters, a, e, i, o, and u, with fewest consonant letters? Facetious and abstemious contain the five in alphabetical order, and each contains four consonant ...
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What is a Special PoS Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Special PoS Word™. Use ...
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French encoded message

A friend of mine gave me this enigma. As I am pretty bad with enigma, I am asking for your help. Here it is LEEN¤¤RAOPI¤¤ADEUS¤DC¤HQODCEOEL¤A¤T¤¤LNUEA¤PMPASNIG ...
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Find the longest string of words such that the (4 letter) end of one word is the start of the next

Here is an open-ended challenge. Find the longest series of English words such that the final four letters of word $n$ are the same as the first four letters of word $n+1$. Example (3 words) ...
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Math in Space (without the help of celebrities)

When life is finally discovered in another solar system, the government sends a bunch of pop-culture celebrities as ambassadors to meet and greet these newfound organisms. In this new planet system, ...
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Who am I ? Batman fans will know this

Who AM I? What AM I? If you hold, I leave, I am in you, but I hide very well, Even BATMAN wants me, and also you, Nobody has ever seen me, but I am always with you - Summer, winter, or ...
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Where is he Hiding?

My friend Bob is an alien, and he is evading capture by the United States government. His native alien language is one in which the letters of each word in a sentence are superimposed on each other, ...
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The hangman game backward # 11

It's been a while! Hangman game backward #11 - guess what the question was: fill in "c" - Some said I'm black, others said I'm white. Either way you'll find it hard to lose me. fill in "j" - You ...
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Can we break the coded message?

One guy communicate with his Girl friend via a secret coded message: "Sarà, If you're listening, I know I can't ask you for another chance, I only hope by you have found your safe haven, I took ...
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Envisage the Answer

Little bat went on a trip recently and met with four friends who were of different species. They wrote the following poem in his honor and, as an extra surprise, they hid inside it. Can you find them? ...
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Answer This Daily Puzzle

Source of Puzzle Can you name a three letter English verb that becomes its past tense simply by moving the first letter to the end?
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Find the most MissSpellable word, but in a good way?

Most MissSpellable Word - English? I'm not a native English speaker but I tend to keep an eye on my spelling and grammar. I recently misspelled "throw" as "throe", which, to my surprise, was a real ...
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Soapbox on a street corner

When I was walking today, I came across a man standing on a soapbox. He was broadcasting his view to the world, and though he was speaking in English, I couldn't understand what he was going on about. ...