Like everyone else I know, I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, at the moment – the intriguing story about why some people become outliers in the sense of being extraordinarily successful while others with similar-seeming innate gifts don’t do as well.
One thing that Gladwell does in the book is give examples of questions from some IQ tests, and he never answers the questions. The one that has been bugging me as well as a number of other people is the question: “Teeth is to hen, as nest is to _____”.
Anyone know the answer? [see under the fold]
Apparently the answer is “mare” because a “mare’s nest” doesn’t exist just like “hen’s teeth” don’t exist.
While it is possible to say that just about any animal that doesn’t have a nest would fit in the blank, the only animal that fits and forms a common English saying is “mare”.