Posted by Kanika on March 29, 2001
In Reply to: The 'words ending in GRY' riddle. posted by Gary Martin on December 20, 2000
: : : While the explanation on this page of this internet riddle on this page is interesting, the problem is that
: : : there IS a third word in the English language that ends with GRY - it's GRY, meaning one tenth of a line,
: : : or something small and insignificant.
: : And if you do an internet search, you'll find that people have found a few other obscure words ending -gry.
: : I did remember 'gry' without looking it up - I'd come across it in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary years ago. It also means 'dirt under the fingernails' - which doesn't have any other simple word for it, so I think we should campaign to get 'gry' more widely used!
: Gry is also a noun meaning 'to rage'. There are several other words ending in gry. The point is that the riddle was a trick question. What's interesting about it is that it won't lie down and die.