Posted by Smokey Stover on February 20, 2005
In Reply to: How come or why come posted by R. Berg on February 20, 2005
: : Hi,
: : My friends an I had an argument the other day on whether it is appropriate to use "why come" in sentences where it might sound more appropriate than "how come" .
: : Does anyone know for sure if it is grammatically correct to do that?
: I haven't heard "why come." The traditional phrase is "how come." It makes sense as a shortened form of questions like "How did it come to be that Antarctica is covered with ice?"
I have heard "why come" in the past, although I no longer hear it. I thought at the time that it was a deliberately ungrammatical piece of whimsy, an amalgamation of "why" and "how come." Does anyone know differently? SS