What is the slang contraction of "What'd he" as in the sentence "What'd he come at you with"? "What'd he" is already a contraction but I mean in the same manner like whatcha = what're you=what've you, for example. I made a comprehensive search, but I didn't find the answer. Is the slang contraction the same whether it's contraction of "What would he" or "What do he" or "What did he" etc? If there isn't the well-established contraction of "What'd he", how would you shorten it? What does the aforementioned sentence "What'd he come at you with" sound like when it's spoken very quickly as in a slang speech?

  • Contractions don't have to be unambiguous. In the UK, 'He has a lovely wife; also, he's a fine son who is always willing to help people' is ambiguous. Slang expressions can be even less well behaved. See Does “he's” mean both “he is” and “he has”?. Feb 5, 2015 at 11:41
  • @EdwinAshworth We use whatcha differently to the Americans, don't we? To us it is a greeting - 'Whatcha Fred, how's the missus?'. But Americans use it as short for e.g. 'What are you doing in there?' - 'Whatcha doing in there?'.
    – WS2
    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:20
  • I thought that was 'Wotcha!' Feb 5, 2015 at 13:01

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For how it actually sounds, spoken fast ...

What did he = What'd he = (?) W'a'd'ee


I think what'd he is the shortest form of "what did he..." that would be readily understood. You might get away with "what'dee" - as in "What'dee say?" Also:

"whatta ya" (what do you) "why'n'cha" (why don't you) "didja" (did you) and "why'd'ya" (why did you)

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