Saturday, December 17, 2011

What's with the something

1. What's with the anger? I thought you didn't mind doing a little bit of work.
2. What's with the new outfit? I thought you weren't going to buy any more clothes.
3. What's with the delay? I need to be at work in 15 minutes.
4. What's with all the commotion in front of Macy's? Did someone spot a celebrity?
5. What's with all the empty boxes? Are you getting ready to move?

What's with the something is a colloquial way of asking what the meaning of something is. We usually follow this question with a follow-up question to confirm, sometimes jokingly, what we think might be the reason.

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