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40111.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 2:14 pm Reply with quote

Ah yes.... Googled now.... It's just a synonym for xiphoid process.

Yea....! My very first QI points. (blush blush)

40127.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:06 pm Reply with quote

Eggshaped takes on the role of Fry.

What colour horse could Socrates never beat in an argument?

40134.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:14 pm Reply with quote

Is it Blue. Because there is a Greek word for Blue.

Remember the sky is bronze!

40136.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:17 pm Reply with quote

<woo woo wayoo wayoo>


(I think I'll have a forfeit for every colour other than the actual answer)

The answer will have to wait til the morning, unless any kind soul would like to put the others out of their misery. (I've tried to word the Question so that it's at least difficult to google)

40137.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:19 pm Reply with quote

Wait, the theme is X and Socrates taught Xenophon. Am I close?

40146.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:53 pm Reply with quote

you're right with the theme. X-words, to do with socrates.

Think of a colour whose greek name may begin with X and you may be on your way.

Alternatively, who can a man never beat in an argument?

40147.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:58 pm Reply with quote

An idiot? Or a deaf man?

40149.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:10 pm Reply with quote

If you mean a woman then I think you're technically wrong. You can beat them, it's just that they don't know it.

gerontius grumpus
40153.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:16 pm Reply with quote

Could it be yellow?
A greek word beginning with xanth..

Or could it be like the horse in the Wizard of Oz?

40154.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:19 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:

What colour horse could Socrates never beat in an argument?

Pah! Far too easy. You're really going to have to try harder than that. The 'x' theme gave it away immediately.

The answer is 'yellow' by the way. Socrates' wife was Xanthippe. Xanth =Yellow; ippe = hippo =horse.

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gerontius grumpus
40157.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:21 pm Reply with quote

I said that first.

40162.  Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:57 pm Reply with quote

I know this doesn't relate to conversation but a 'QI Christmas Special' repeat is on UKTV G2 over this weekend, I think the next one is on tonight at 11:40.
I do apologise if this has been previously mentioned.

40230.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:46 am Reply with quote

Ho ho, yes well done all. The answer to this question, which was a little too cryptic in order to make it less googleable, is yellow.

As djgordy correctly says, Socrates’ wife was called Xanthippe, which translates to “yellow horse”. There are many legends about this lady, whose name has since become synonymous for a quarrelsome woman.

It is said that she is the only person to have ever beaten Socrates in an argument, and after one arguement (according to the wiki), she was supposed to have emptied a chamber pot on Socrates's head, which led him to observe that "After thunder there generally falls rain."

Djgordy, perhaps you would like to take up the mantle of Fry.

40237.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:02 am Reply with quote

I have to admit inside knowledge (again) as I have a Philosophy degree and so Xanthippe was mentioned as the only person to beat Socrates in an argument (unless you count Bill and Ted).

I will think of an poser over the next hour or so.

40244.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:28 am Reply with quote

Just ignore this.

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