What lives in winter,
Dies in summer,
And grows with its roots upwards?
For all of you vocabulary buffs:
Have you ever thought much about the meaning of the word, riddle?
Off the top of our heads, the definition that usually comes to mind for this word is a puzzle or a brainteaser. It’s actually quite a fascinating word, for it has many meanings and can be used as a noun, a verb or a transitive verb.
If you and your children love learning new words, The Free Dictionary by Farlex is a fun site to practice your skills. You will find sections on: Word of the Day, Article of the Day, Quotation of the Day, English Language Forum, In the News, This Day in History, Today’s Birthday, Today’s Holiday, and even your Horoscope. There are also games that introduce new exciting words: Hangman, Spelling Bee, Match Up, and Words Within Words.
Riddles can even come in the form of songs, such as the traditional American song, “The Riddle Song”.
It is a riddling fact that you can be riddled with riddles. So here goes!
What word can be written forward, backward, or upside down,
and can still be read from left to right?
There are so many marvelous books that introduce the world of riddles, jokes and tongue twisters. For the younger crowd on these wintry days when we are riddled with snow, try this one out that comes from Monika Beisner’s Book of Riddles:
I saw a man in white,
He looked quite a sight.
He was not old,
But he stood in the cold.
And when he felt the sun
He started to run.
Who could he be?
Do answer me.