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Aug
6
comment Is whow a word?
@J.R. as for the definition of whow, I suppose it is safer to say that it is more of a synonym and parent of how than a word with a distinct meaning of "how much". Let me know if you disagree.
Aug
6
comment Is whow a word?
Thanks @J.R.! Your comment inspired me and I did some more digging and found the answer to your more interesting question. The author explains in homepage2.nifty.com/thinking-way-8W1H/mmdl/5.3whow.htm that while staring at the matrix he wondered why all of the words began with "wh" except for "how". After researching with no luck he happened upon an old bookstore in Tokyo and randomly pulled out W. W. Skeat's "An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language" (ca. 1800's) and found that the entry for how says "also: whow". He then also discovered the same entry in the OED mentioned above.
Aug
3
comment Is whow a word?
Can anybody offer a definition? I've yet to find one...
Aug
3
comment Is whow a word?
@J.R. Thanks for the onelook.com link! That's a useful tool I didn't know about.
Aug
3
comment Is whow a word?
@BarrieEngland How nifty! Unfortunately though I am a UK citizen, I reside in Japan. I'll just have to ask my relatives to look things up for me :)
Aug
2
comment Is whow a word?
Whow! Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like you need an OED subscription to find that entry! I should probably get one. So "whow" definitely was a word. However, it appears that the definition of "how much" is incorrect. What do you think? Does the use of "whow" as an interjection as you described imply the meaning of how much? Is there another good source out there that can speak into that?