I have seen these 'riddles' so frequently that they get on my nerves now. I'm not sure, but aren't they grammatically incorrect?
The riddle is as follows: "Nothing starts with an N and ends with a G. Prove me wrong" And then the whole point of it is that the word 'Nothing' does start with an N and ends with an G.
But shouldn't the word as well as the letters be enclosed in quotes for them to not be used semantically?
Would I be incorrect in my assessment below?
- Nothing starts with an N and ends with a G.
Literally means that there doesn't exist anything that starts with an N and ends with a G. (The meaning of the word 'nothing' is taken into account)
- 'Nothing' starts with an 'N' and ends with a 'G'.
Means that the word 'Nothing' is what we're talking about, but ignoring its definition.
I know that such riddles are for 'fun' yada yada, but I simply want to confirm.