The weather in my neck of the woods has been absolutely fabulous! My mood is much brighter when I’m not trying to stay cool and we stay out of triple digit temperatures with sunshine that just doesn’t stop. So today we are going to talk about rebus picture puzzles because they are fun and you may learn a little something too.
By the way, that giant giraffe with the funny looking neck and a + S next to it is a rebus picture puzzle.
What Is A Rebus Puzzle
The official American Heritage Dictionary definition is:
rebus (noun) the plural would be rebuses: A representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols, often presented as a puzzle.
A rebus is a combination of words, letters, numbers, symbols or pictures that are put together to convey a hidden word, phrase or message. For instance, let me give you a letter and word rebus:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 LIFE
Do you know what that means? It is a rebus depicting the phrase, “Life begins after 40!”
Okay, well the numbers geek in me just loves that one.
Remember the picture of the giraffe with the funny neck at the beginning of the post? It was to depict a phrase I used…”neck of the woods”. Get it? The giraffe has wood as his neck and you add an “s” to it to get “neck of the woods”.
Let’s do another one together. Here’s the rebus puzzle picture:
That one is very straightforward. Do you know what phrase it represents? Think it through…
Sunny day, grass, trees, sky, pie, pie up high in the sky…”Pie in the sky!”
Now do you get it? That “pie in the sky” is a rebus puzzle picture! I know this isn’t rocket science, but it sure is a lot lighter than some of the heavy stuff I have discussed in my posts. Surely we both could use a break from all that mess.
A Little Rebus History
The rebus has been around for a long time. The ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and early Chinese pictographs used an early form of rebus in their picture writings. Rebus pictures have been used on Greek and Roman coins, as ciphers, on tombstones, personal seals, in religious art and architecture. In our era, the rebus has become known as a puzzle, game or a way to convey a secret message. A couple familiar word rebuses that are used in our every day life include, “IOU” and “C U L8tr” which mean “I owe you” and “See you later”.
Modern Day Rebus Puzzle Pictures
After all this talk about a rebus, I think it is time for you to try your hand at it. I’ve created six rebus puzzle pictures. They are all common sayings. I can’t post the answer under them because it won’t give you time to figure them out, so I will post the answers in a few days. I know! I’m so bad! So if you think you know the answer, leave it in the comments. You can guess as many times as you want to guess.
Without further adieu, here are some rebus puzzle pictures…
Can you figure them out?