What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

Just a hint: I didn't ask a question.

God fucking dammit

What is a 4 letter word, sometimes is a 9 letter word, and never is a 5 letter word.

This took me longer to get than it should have

Can it have two letters?

Please explain, I have the brainpower of a pineapple

has 16 letters.

Surely has 6 letters

Perhaps has 7 letters

Maybe 5 letters

Or, just two letters.

Nice one! Nice one! What a save!

And 3 letters.

then 4 letters

Alternatively, 13 letters.

Although, 8 letters...

In case no one has explained it to you yet. The word WHAT has 4 letters in it, the word SOMETIMES has 9 letters, and the word NEVER has 5 letters. It's the way the sentence is written that makes it sound like a question but its really just a statement how many letters are in each of those words.

Yes, it works better spoken out loud. It properly should be:

"What" has 4 letters. "Sometimes," 9 letters. But "never" has 5 letters.

Which ruins the surprise.

Chat disabled for 3 seconds.

We've said letters so many times I don't believe that it's a word anymore.


Surprisingly has 12 letters though.

There has to be a grammatical error somewhere in there.

W h a t = 4 letters

S o m e t i m e s = 9 letters

N e v e r = 5 letters

When I finally got this, my brain found a pathway to a new dimension. Like a higher state of conciousness... I am the one. No weed involved.

You're supposed to ignore the "aside" about words ending in "gry", like this:

There are three words in "The English Language" that end in "gry". "Angry" and "Hungry" are two. What's the third?

Then the answer is that the third word in "The English Language" is "Language". It's a particularly terrible riddle, which is why he gets his hand cut off for it.

If the bus goes under 50 Mph, we're all going to explode.

But 3 letters though

I only get emails :(

holy fuck, thank you. the more I scrolled down the more I raged.

But the sentence doesn't make any sense what-so-ever when treated that way.

Sorry I still don't get it

Edit: thank you for all the replies, I have never felt so stupid before

Sorry I still don't get it

Huh, I read the last part as:

"But" never has 5 letters.

edit: 9 to 5 cuz im illiterate.


How did rocket league get in here

Like my grandpa always said, a conversation that doesnt lead to rocket league is a conversation not worth having

0 letters

Psyonix plz


This is a riddle, not a joke.



TIL Reddit can count the number of letters in words

s͚̩͉̝ɹ̨ǝ̰̹͈ʇ̗̲̮͇̲̪ʇ͇͖͈̜̼͠ǝ̡l̗ ϛ̰̱͙̙̭́ =̫͍ ɹ͙̱͕̗̰ ǝ͓͙̹̹̟ ʌ̺̙͉͈̳̞ ǝ͉̰ N̤̠̗̯͓ ̴̞ ̝

s̲̤͍͙̩̲̫ɹ͕̞͙̥̀ǝ̢̥̱ʇ̗͙͉̗̩ʇ̝̯͔͓ǝ͏͎̹̤l̟̜͚͢ 6̷̺̮̮̹̘ =̫ s̡ ǝ͕̗̞͇̺͚̜ ɯ͎͕͖̥͙̗ ᴉ̮̳̖̟͕̺̥ ʇ̠̰̹̹̳͡ͅ ǝ̰̥̰͍̝̠̗͢ ɯ͉̟̥̻ o͓͘ S̨̞̩͈̼̝ ̛̲̖̘ ̘͚

s̳̯̘͜ɹ̤͈̬̞̺̩̀ǝ̡ʇ̙͝ʇ̝̼̫́ǝ͉͈͖͙̮͕l͉̰̀ ㄣ =͓̳̖̤ ʇ͓̦̦ ɐ̮̗̱ ɥ̲͇̯̖̼̼̰̕ M̺͇̦̥̘̰

The overnumerousness with 16 letters.

According to explainxkcd:

The original, correct telling of the joke is:

Think of words ending in "-gry". "Angry" and "Hungry" are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word? Hint: The word is something that everyone uses everyday. If you have listened carefully, I have already told you what it is.

Phrased this way, the answer is "language" because "There are only three words in (the phrase) 'the English language' ."

However, this joke is often mis-told by poorly phrasing the original riddle, as it is in the comic. By instead saying, "There are three words in the English language that end in '-gry,'" the teller of the joke has actually removed any chance of determining the correct answer.

Ohhhhhhh... thanks. Now it all makes sense.

20 letters! Fake news! So sad!

Well played put me for a loop. If you say this verbally to someone they are totally bamboozled.

Wow that just turned into rocket league real fast.

(I think)

That's impossible, nothing has 7 letters.

How Long is a chinaman

granddad told me that one. Please forgive political incorrectness

It's because this has 4 letters

Oh. I thought you were a 42 year old cougar from the pacific northwest. Ignore my PMs please.

I think it was called, "The Bus that Couldn't Slow Down."

The word "what" has 4 letters, the word "sometimes" has 9 letters and the word "never" has 5 letters.

I figured this out so quickly I think I must have heard it before and forgot.

"What" has four letters; "sometimes" has nine letters; and "never" has five letters.

Thank you.

Jokes have punchlines

Punchlines have thirsty people

/sub/rocketleague is leaking

I swear anything unexpectedly turns into either Rocket League or Overwatch

riddles have answers

You don't make any sentence.

That end in "gry", "angry" and "hungry" are two.

That is not a valid sentence.

Edit: ok, fine, it's a sentence. A horrible one.

Edit 2: No, no it's not. The sentence incorrectly starts with a relative clause.

whatever, still 8

I already told you, I'm not a word person!

"W-H-A-T" has 4 letters. "S-O-M-E-T-I-M-E-S" has 9 letters. "N-E-V-E-R" has 5 letters.

Seriously has 9 letters.

And don't call me Shirley!

"How Long is a Chinese man's name"

is the way I've always told that joke. Everyone loves it

Sorry, I still don't get it.

"Has 10 letters" has 10 letters

i really like this joke

This whole letter thing began to make the word letter appear strange to my mind


5. But nice find, both ways work perfectly. I wonder which of the two is the one most people read it as.

I don't get it

Yes, sir, it has exactly two letters.

No, two letters

nice username

-WSU grad class of 09


Nah, verbally, you'd be using declarative intonation, so that would blow it.


Said verbally, it's almost as if you're reverting to preschool spelling hour.

Ah, two letters!

You don't need a verb there. I don't know the exact name, but that's a pretty common construction, e.g. "Bob has 35 apples, Sally 21, and Billy 87."

Wait I got a Joke:

Psyonix Servers

This is the post that has made me unsubscribe from this sub.

I figured it out so quickly I thought I might be OP.

But seriously I didn't get this at first so no one else could have either.

Brutal! ^(has 6 letters or 7 characters)

Rocket League is life

The third word of the sentence "The English Language" is "Language"

When he asks what's the third he's asking what's the third letter in that 'sentence', not the third word that ends in "GRY"

When ive heard this, the final question is "What is the third word in the English language?" So ...

S O M E T I M E S / O / O S O M E T I M E S M / O E / O E S O M E T I M E S M T O E I O E I M T M M T M E I E E I E T M S O M E T I M E S I E / I E / M S O M E T I M E S E / E / S O M E T I M E S

Unobjectionable, 15.

I like how you took this from /sub/riddles :)

Watermelon has 10 letters

I don't like jokes like this because part of me gets distracted trying to figure out the riddle

Edit: Meant the comic as a whole


Pineapple master race reporting in

My mailbox has too many letters

Oh wow, and so does that!

We're through the looking glass here, people.

I do believe there is a comma splice in there, and the second part is missing a verb.

It should be

What has 4 letters; sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

The sentence is a simple declarative sentence, not a question.

Let me break it down for you.

"What" has four letters.

"Sometimes" has nine letters

"Never" has five letters.



Why can't I be both?

Go Cougs, I graduated Winter 2009