Saturday Riddle #1: A Five-Letter Word

Just for fun, I thought I’d toss you a riddle; try to figure out the answer without using a search engine!

Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five-letter word. What am I?

Write your guesses in the comments below, and I’ll give the answer in the comments tomorrow!Ā  Have fun!

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24 responses to “Saturday Riddle #1: A Five-Letter Word

  1. Gnome? Well, kinda sorta… this is tricky! šŸ¤”

  2. If you take the first letter off Trump it sort of MEANS the same thing …

  3. The riddle is stated in English but does not explicitly say that it is an English word. I trust there is no trickery here. I am also utterly clueless.

  4. The answer to the riddle is: EMPTY

    • Pronunciations differ, of course. I wrote a post about that as an example of something with much more general importance.

      If I tried to pronounce MPTY or EMPT, I would probably say something that sounds only a little like EMPTY, because I would just name each letter. Maybe EMPT would come out like EXEMPT w/o the X. But EMTY does work for me. It looks like an acronym that definitely wants to be pronounced as a word (like ASAP).

      • That’s true, but if your starting point is the word “empty”, and you take away the letters gradually, you’ll still end up pronouncing the word the same because you “know”. šŸ™‚

      • Take away *all* 3 of the letters suddenly rather than gradually, and the result is MT. That is something I do pronounce like EMPTY. What I “know” does not change how I pronounce a partial takeaway.

  5. I was looking for words starting with ps or a silent h. Your answer is good but a bit tricksy.

  6. Here’s another, this time, this time 11 letters: —ergro—. The same 3 letters in the same sequence at the beginning and end make this an everyday word.

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