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howja

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

"How d'you" /ˈhaʊdju/ becomes /ˈhaʊdʒə/ ("howja") by yod-coalescence (whereby /j/ assimilates to /ʒ/) and reduction of the unstressed /u/ (which becomes /ə/).

PronunciationEdit

ContractionEdit

howja

  1. Eye dialect spelling of how d'you.
    • 1920 June 19, P. G. Wodehouse, The Little Warrior, part IX, in Collier's, page 14:
      “Selby.” ¶ “Howja spell it?” ¶ “S-e-l-b-y.”
    • 1972, Ian Whitcomb, After the Ball, 2nd Limelight Edition (1994), ISBN 0-87910-063-X, pages 112–113:
      Howja do! Howja do! Howja do! Hellooooo everybardy!…’
    • 2010, Charisse Goodman, The Starved Senses, Dog Ear Publishing, ISBN 978-160844-586-8, page 257:
      Howja do that?” she mumbled thickly. “Howja make firecrackers sound just like guns indoors?” Boy, they sure got some smart guys there, she thought.