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    burningyen, Good call!

    I thought at first you were wrong about wherefore meaning why, so I looked up what is probably the most famous usage of it:

    Juliet:
    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
    Deny thy father and refuse thy name;

    to which he soon responds:

    Romeo:
    I take thee at thy word:
    Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;
    Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

    Juliet is asking him WHY he is Romeo. (He is in the "wrong" family according to her family.) Romeo responds, in effect, "OK, I won't be Romeo anymore."

    Of course, you knew that.
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    Hey! Here's a little something from Henry IV (and ironically appropriate to this forum):

    ROBERT SHALLOW (a country justice, speaking to his servant):
    "There, is many complaints, Davy, against that Visor. That Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge."


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