The most important word in a three-year-old's vocabulary. Used as any of

the words of lies and deceit fill my mind
your forked tongue pierces my heart
i never wanted this
why did you chose me
there was no challange
so you took the candy from the child
where are you now
i at least gained experience and knowledge
yes i learned my lesson well
so now as i sit
and i can feel the acid in my stomach churn

-- Victoria Palmer

Editor Note: Victoria Palmer is juliet. This is not a copyright issue.

A Unix program not unlike fortune. Best called when your program undergoes a segmentation fault for no discernable reason. When I used it on the Solaris stations in Grad School, various answers included

Why (?), adv. [OE. whi, why, AS. hwi, hw, instrumental case of hwa, hwaet; akin to Icel. hvi why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]


For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.

Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezek. xxxiii. 11.


For which; on account of which; -- used relatively.

No ground of enmity between us known Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm. Milton.

Turn the discourse; I have a reason why I would not have you speak so tenderly. Dryden.


The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; -- used as a compound relative.

Why is sometimes used as an interjection or an expletive in expression of surprise or content at a turn of affairs; used also in calling. "Why, Jessica!"


If her chill heart I can not move, Why, I'll enjoy the very love. Cowley.

Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun.

The how and the why and the where. Goldsmith.

For why, because; why. See Forwhy. [Obs. or Colloq.]


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Why, n.

A young heifer.

[Prov. Eng.]



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