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   While many are considering the ramifications of “draining the swamp”…

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let’s pause and drain the Oxford¹.

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   Here’s a word that, depending on context, asks one of three questions:

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(1) What are you?

(2) What have you?

(3) What do you…?

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For that “WORD” you must use the DOOR.

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   “whatcha”  (varient: “watcha”)

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   Here are the 3 usages in sentences:

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  (1)  what are you:   “Hey, whatcha gonna do?”

  (2)  what have you:  “Whatcha got this hammer for?”

  (3)  what do you:  “Whatcha want to make a mess like that for?”

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   Here’s the same word with three different nuances of meaning, that after you once “use” it, the meaning without fanfare lodges in your brain for future use in several–often new–ways!

   Imagine learning English as a second language (if you haven’t already done this). What do you call this other than a nonstandard contraction?

   English ain’t easy…

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   ¹ All the details here are from the Oxford Online Dictionary. By the way, whatcha, watcha, whatchamacallit, but NOT watchamacallit, are all acceptable Scrabble plays.