Date: Tue, 25 Apr 1995 17:19:35 -0500 From: Grant Barrett Subject: Why Reply to: Why What can you tell me about the use of the word "why" in the following sentences? Far as I can tell it's an expression of knowing astonishment or mild disbelief. My grandmother from southeast Missouri uses it. "Why, you should know better than that" or "Why what are you doing?" Grant Barrett Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners Computer Specialist Freelance Writer gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]