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”?. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 5 '15 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 '15 at 12:20
  • I thought that was 'Wotcha!' – Edwin Ashworth Feb 5 '15 at 13:01

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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