wherefore : Common Errors in English

About wherefore

When Juliet says “Wherefore art thou Romeo?“ she means ”Why do you have to be Romeo—why couldn’t you have a name belonging to some family my folks are friendly with?” she is not asking where Romeo is. So if you misuse the word in sentences like “Wherefore art thou, Stevie Wonder?” (you wish he’d make another great album like he used to), you make yourself sound illiterate rather than sophisticated.

wherefore Meaning(s)

  • (n) the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

wherefore in News

  • Trish Dressen: Local talent comes alive in Abilene

    Wherefore art thou, Abilene? Enjoy the best of the Bard of Avon at Abilene Christian University’s Abilene Shakespeare Festival, featuring the sassy romantic comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”
    on June 24, 2013 Source: Abilene Reporter-News

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