A Brain Teaser for You

My very smart, sassy and language-loving friend Julia, also known as Becky, sent me this little brain teaser the other day. I was stumped!! I was overtired, etc, excuses excuses. Julia got it right away (or so she claims). How about you? Leave a comment with the answer and say why you think its interesting linguistically!


A boy and his father are in a fatal car crash.  The father dies on impact and the boy is rushed to the hospital.  The boy needs immediate surgery to live.  The doctor who is prepared for the surgery when the boy arrives sees his face and says I can’t do the surgery this is my son.  How is that possible?


About alicestockwellegan

Language and culture enthusiast from New York living in San Francisco.
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2 Responses to A Brain Teaser for You

  1. Emily says:

    Haha. I needed the answer. Did not get it at all.

  2. Jon D says:

    The doctor is the boy’s mother. The situation is interesting linguistically because of the reader’s initial assumption that “doctor” refers to a man. Perhaps the word doctress or doctorette would have made things clearer. Just kidding!

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