What tape can not be weaved into a pigtail? And other comic riddles
Almost all children love riddles. And many adults will not refuse to think about an interesting puzzle. With the help of such tasks, the human intelligence level is checked. A special kind of them are questions in which the polysemy of words is played out. An example of such a question is the riddle: "What tape can not be weaved into a pigtail?" After all, there are quite a few answers to this puzzle.
The answer to the riddle lies in the ambiguity of the word
The main meaning of the word "ribbon" is braid orA narrow strip of fabric, often used to decorate a woman's hair. However, the transfer of meaning in appearance includes the meaning of this word and the road, the river, the piece of land. Hence, the answer to the question of which tape can not be weaved into a pigtail, maybe - a road or a river. In production, in shops, a belt is called a moving web - a conveyor belt. Movies were previously recorded on film, which looked like a tape. And then transfer to the form triggered the transfer of the action. The film itself was called the tape. And for a long time now films have been shot on discs, but in conversation, the phrase remained: "I watched this tape". So, the question of which tape can not be weaved into a pigtail, it is possible to answer: "Film!" And there is another interesting meaning for this word. The replacement of the order - a piece of silk fabric of the appropriate color - is also called a ribbon. Asking which tape can not be weaved into a pigtail, you can get an answer: "Order!"
Homonyms in the basis of puzzles
Riddles are very common, in whichhomonyms are used. These are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation, but are completely different in meaning. On this property of the Russian language, many comic riddles for children are built. For example, to the question that for the key, which can not be anything to open, the answer is the word "spring". And how to answer such a riddle: "This braid is not weaved, but in the river it will be found"? Of course, it is necessary to answer that this stream is a shallow bank in the river. Often teachers of the Russian language, wishing to expand the vocabulary of students, turn to lessons of this kind in riddles. And it does not matter how old the person is to whom the question is asked, because the questions themselves can be complicated. For example, high school students will be interested to break their heads over the task: "To pick up a word that in one sense means an animal, and in another meaning - a cleric". Not immediately and not every adult will answer that this is the word "lama".
The obsolete meaning of the word in modern riddles
For answers to some puzzles, sometimes you need to know the outdated meaning of the word. This is the question:
"In one sense, I am a bench,
in the other - I'm a shop.
You can guess, my friend,
Let the family help you! "
Why is it given in the verses of the council - turn tohelp to relatives? Yes, because modern young people hardly know that before shops were called benches. But the bench can also be called this word. By the way, such comic riddles with answers that require certain knowledge of the Russian language, reveal to children wide possibilities of speech. They stir up interest in the language, make Russian lessons at school more enthralling, more intense.