A riddle about legs

Discussion in 'English Only' started by whyisthat, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. whyisthat Member

    I've come across an English folk tale, and there's a riddle in it that I can't undestand.

    What starts off with no legs, then has four legs and ends up with two legs.

    The answer is FROG. I can understand why "no legs" and "four legs" then, but "two legs" at the end is not clear.
  2. grassy

    grassy Senior Member

    Some people eat frog, but it's only a frog's two hind legs that are consumed. The rest is thrown away.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2018
  3. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    British English
    We don't eat frogs in the UK so it's unlikely to be an English or British folk tale, although you presumably read it in English
    Please tell us which folktale has this riddle.

    There's a very ancient riddle about legs but the answer is a "human being" and the words are different.
  4. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    English - England
    Is that riddle written correctly? I would have expected no legs – two legs – four legs, where the “two legs” bit refers to tadpoles.

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