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Whys and Wherefores. . .

It may be odd, but "wherefore" doesn't mean "where".

It means "why".

Or "because".

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mrknowitall
Jun. 3rd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
I think people get confused because of the famous "balcony scene" from Romeo and Juliet.

"Romeo, oh Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?"

They don't realize Juliet isn't asking where Romeo is, but why he is!
sterlingnorth
Jun. 28th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I guess it is because she says it at the very beginning at the scene when asking "Where is Romeo?" makes a bit more sense than "Why is he Romeo?", and it takes several stanzas for us today who never use the word wherefore to notice that she is getting into an extended monologue over significance/meaninglessness of names.
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