Wednesday, January 13, 2010

J-Word Play #6 (Answer)

Kudos to Simon for getting the answer to this one.

The riddle was:



いるか (dolphin)

This one doesn't translate so nicely into English, but it roughly asks: "What animal do we not know if it exists or not?"

The answer comes from the fact that the verb いる (iru) can mean "to exist" (for living things) and か (ka) is question-marking particle. So いるか can mean "Does it exist?" but is also the word for "dolphin" in Japanese.

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