Who, what, when, where and how come are NOT the five "w's" of journalism. It's who, what, when, where and why.
More and more, I hear people using the words "how come" instead of asking "Why?"
Why? What is wrong that lovely little three-letter word that asks one of the most provocative questions we can ask?
When something bad happens to people, everyone wants to know why that bad thing happened.
During moment of extreme crisis, I personally heard people cry out, "Why me?!?" Not once have I heard someone cry out, "How come me?!?" (Thank goodness).
When Nancy Kerrigan, the olympic ice skating hopeful, was hurt by an assailant, she sat on the ground crying, "Why? Why?" She didn't whine "How come?"
When did someone decide that "how come" was a better way to ask the question of "why?" and WHY?
Just last night, I heard my husband use "how come" during our conversation at the dinner table. I called him out on it and said, "What is wrong with 'why'?"
He didn't have an answer.
I really am quite curious to know what happened to our lovely little friend, 'why', so I asked my teen and tween girls.
"Why do you say 'how come' instead of 'why'?"
" 'How come' is more modern, Mom."
More modern? What the heck? Why would anyone think that two words are better than one to ask the exact same thing? It's not as though we are using the words "thee" and "thou". This is a simple, understandable, three-letter word that everyone knows.
Maybe it's common core language arts? They seem to have over-complicated math to the point of incomprehensibility, so why not language arts?
Other than that, I cannot come up with a good, clear answer to the question, "What happened to "why"?"
I just don't understand.
James 1:19 (ESV)
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Psalm 141:3 (ESV)
3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
How do you feel about using "why" as opposed to "how come"?
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