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Sexnotgender Fri 19-Jun-20 18:36:48

AIBU to think how not is a perfectly acceptable question?

My non Scottish husband thinks how not is not a question.

Frankly I think someone from a country that uses the phrase now now doesn’t get to judge my grammar!

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Wheresthebiffer2 Fri 19-Jun-20 18:39:16

In Standard English it would be "Why not?". I love the Scots way of saying "how?" or "how no?" instead of Why/why not. lol

ClosedDoors Fri 19-Jun-20 18:41:19

I've never heard it before! SE England.

pictish Fri 19-Jun-20 18:41:27

How no?
Haha...we say it. Scottish too.

bookishtartlet Fri 19-Jun-20 18:42:03

In Scotland we don't question why, we demand how. I'm sure that's Kevin Bridges' observation. I mainly just use "how?" to confuse even further.

Thedogscollar Fri 19-Jun-20 18:43:46

@Sexnotgender How not is perfectly acceptable to me. Never lose your dialect it's part of who you are and your identity. My English friends love my Scottishisms smile

AfterSchoolWorry Fri 19-Jun-20 18:46:00

Never heard it before!

LochJessMonster Fri 19-Jun-20 18:46:45

Don’t know what it means!
Is it suppose to be like ‘why not?’

Mollypolly2610 Fri 19-Jun-20 18:50:08

Gonna no dae that

How no?

LaurieFairyCake Fri 19-Jun-20 18:51:15

Jist tell him to awa' and bile...

Sexnotgender Fri 19-Jun-20 18:52:48

Mollypolly2610

Gonna no dae that

How no?

Just gonnae no 😂

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Doggybiccys Fri 19-Jun-20 18:53:05

Don’t forget “how come” as in “how come you’re always on Mumsnet?”. I guess we just don’t like the word why!!

Sexnotgender Fri 19-Jun-20 18:53:17

LochJessMonster

Don’t know what it means!
Is it suppose to be like ‘why not?’

Yes it’s the Scottish equivalent of why not.

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chipsandpeas Fri 19-Jun-20 18:53:35

think its a scottish thing

PastramiNoRye Fri 19-Jun-20 18:55:40

I'm a fan of just "how?". Covers a wide range of questions! Also Scottish.

Sexnotgender Fri 19-Jun-20 18:56:55

PastramiNoRye

I'm a fan of just "how?". Covers a wide range of questions! Also Scottish.

I just use ‘How’ regularly too. Apparently also not ok😏

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TimeIhadaNameChange Fri 19-Jun-20 18:59:32

I get very confused when I go down south these days. Never know whether I need why? Or how? grin

Iliketeaagain Fri 19-Jun-20 19:02:09

It's a very Scottish thing. I live in England, and have strange looks from friends and colleagues when I ask "how not?" or just "how?" When I mean why..

Alongside "where do you stay?" when asking where someone lives. I've lived in the sunny south for 20+ years and I still use how for why!

CatBatCat Fri 19-Jun-20 19:02:55

Fine by me but I'm south west and I thing "wheres that to?" is perfectly fine

FizzFan Fri 19-Jun-20 19:05:44

I’m Scottish but “how” instead of “why” makes me cringe.

mistermagpie Fri 19-Jun-20 19:06:04

I have lived in Scotland for over 20 years but I'm not Scottish, this is one of those weird sayings that I only ever hear here!

That and the ever confusing 'I'll get you at the back of 9' or 'I can see it far enough' when you don't really want to do something.

BathshebaAndGabriel Fri 19-Jun-20 19:06:48

I was raised by Glaswegians in London.
Perfectly acceptable question, if you ask me!

As a child I spent years thinking “Maybe” was spelt “Mibbie”

Sexnotgender Fri 19-Jun-20 19:10:43

mistermagpie

I have lived in Scotland for over 20 years but I'm not Scottish, this is one of those weird sayings that I only ever hear here!

That and the ever confusing 'I'll get you at the back of 9' or 'I can see it far enough' when you don't really want to do something.

What’s wrong with the back of 9😂 it’s just a bit after 9.

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mistermagpie Fri 19-Jun-20 19:14:29

But I can never remember if it's before nine or after nine and either way, why not just say nine or ten past nine or whatever!!

And then there's 'I'll get you' grin

ConstantlySeekingHappiness Fri 19-Jun-20 19:17:46

“How?” is a perfectly acceptable response to most questions.

I laughed at “the back of 9”. Everything happens ‘at the back of’ every hour - never on the hour, never half past the hour smile

Scottish here!

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