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Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I overheard this in a conversation at work and it was said in all seriousness.

"He would blank blank but he can't blank it
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do we have to find out what words the blanks represent? Or did he say the word blank?
Was his remark unintentionally funny? Or stupid? Did his words have any kind of double meaning?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do we have to find out what words the blanks represent? Yes
Or did he say the word blank? No
Was his remark unintentionally funny? Yes
Or stupid? Yope
Did his words have any kind of double meaning? Noish
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would it have been funny to the person he was talking to? Or was it only funny to you because you heard it out of context? Did he say something he didn't mean to say? Did the remark make him seem unintelligent? Are all the blanks different words? Are any of them the same? If they are, any chance of you pointing out which ones?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would it have been funny to the person he was talking to? I would have thought so, but only when I pointed it out

Or was it only funny to you because you heard it out of context? Yesish, but it sounds funny anyway

Did he say something he didn't mean to say? No
Did the remark make him seem unintelligent? Yesish

Are all the blanks different words? Yes

Are any of them the same? No

If they are, any chance of you pointing out which ones? I would if there were
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All right, if we call the blanks 1 2 3 & 4...
Are 1 & 3 verbs? Are 2 & 4 nouns? Adverbs?
Did the statement seem to be stating the impossible? Could you understand the real meaning of what he was trying to say, even though you could see how it would be funny?
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are there any rhymes in the completed statement?
any opposites among the blanks?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All right, if we call the blanks 1 2 3 & 4...
Are 1 & 3 verbs? Are 2 & 4 nouns? Adverbs?

On the risk of exposing gross ignorance of the gramma of my mother tongue, here goes..

1 = Verb
2 = Noun (I think!)
3 = Verb



Did the statement seem to be stating the impossible? Yope

Could you understand the real meaning of what he was trying to say, even though you could see how it would be funny? Well, I was again showing my ignorance because I have since learned that it is a serious issue and upon brief questioning I understood the real meaning. However when I first heard it, it sounded ridiculous to my uninformed mind
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

are there any rhymes in the completed statement? No

any opposites among the blanks? No
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the last word end in -ING?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I overheard this in a conversation at work and it was said in all seriousness.

"He would verb noun but he can't verb verb"
Beroean (Beroean)
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Does the last word end in -ING? No
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 7:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is 2 a word which does not represent a physical object? A concept or idea? Or something like the word "it"?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

s 2 a word which does not represent a physical object? Yes
A concept or idea? Yes
Or something like the word "it"? No
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm ... those two successive verbs have got me foxed, if one isn't a gerund. OK, does one end in -ED (eg "he can't stay focused")?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm ... those two successive verbs have got me foxed, if one isn't a gerund. OK, does one end in -ED (eg "he can't stay focused")?

BLOOPER

Not only am I ignorant but I am also stupid!

Please look again at the modified statement below (which being a mod means that I can also ammend earlier in the puzzle too!)

I overheard this in a conversation at work and it was said in all seriousness.

"He would verb noun but he can't verb it!
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I overheard this in a conversation at work and it was said in all seriousness.

"He would verb noun but he can't verb it!
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry that I've blooped but I hope I haven't frightened everyone off!

Just to make it up I will insert the first word..

"He would go noun but he can't verb it!
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 9:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He would go bananas but he can't risk it?

(Perhaps said of a Scrabble player who holds AAABNNS but would open up a triple if he played it.)
Beroean (Beroean)
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He would go bananas but he can't risk it?

(Perhaps said of a Scrabble player who holds AAABNNS but would open up a triple if he played it.)

Very creative but not what I heard :-D
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 10:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmm like..
He would go see, but he can't see going?
Is that the right format?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 10:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmm like..
He would go see, but he can't see going?
Is that the right format? No

Remember you only have to find two words now, a noun and a verb...

"He would go noun but he can't verb it!
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 10:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"He would go noun but he can't verb it!

You could equally substitute the word "go" for "become"

"He would become noun but he can't verb it!
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are the verb and noun homonyms?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are the verb and noun homonyms? No, but good idea
Bentarm (Bentarm)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there any relevant similarity between the verb and the noun we're looking for?
Does he would go "noun" mean: he would go mad? he would go away? he would change in some physical characteristic? mental characteristic? location?
does "verb" it mean: afford it? like it? work out how to do it?
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there any relevant similarity between the verb and the noun we're looking for? difficult to answer that - they are associated

Does he would go "noun" mean: he would go mad? he would go away? he would change in some physical characteristic? mental characteristic? location? None of these

does "verb" it mean: afford it? Yes!

like it? work out how to do it?
Booklover (Booklover)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

would the last verb be: handle? like? stand?

(as in "he can't handle it, he can't like it, or he can't stand it")
Beroean (Beroean)
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"He would go noun but he can't aford it!

You could equally substitute the word "go" for "become"

"He would become noun but he can't afford it!
Beroean (Beroean)
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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

would the last verb be: handle? like? stand?

(as in "he can't handle it, he can't like it, or he can't stand it")

See above
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bankrupt?
Beroean (Beroean)
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bankrupt? Bingo!
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Oh, I had 'he would kick ass but he can't reach it' in my mind.
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do you want us to get any more?
presumably the reason is that his assets wouldn't be enough to cover his debts, so he'd have to pay a portion of his income to his creditors as well, although I can think of other scenarios
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Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

******************************* SPOILER *************************


"He would go bankrupt but he can't afford it!"

I couldn't beleive my ears when I heard this apparent contradiction but I was soon to learn that it can be a "catch 22" situation.

Bankruptcy becoming unaffordable

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