Romeo, Oh Romeo, Wherefor art thou, Romeo?
I'm down here!


How many times have you seen this bad parody (Or a variation thereof)? It really annoys me. Wherefor doesn't mean where.

Where - for. (Questioning word)-(Purpose). "For what reason is this?"

And so, "Romeo, Oh Romeo, Wherefor art thou Romeo? Would not a rose by any other name smell as sweet?"
Why are you Romeo? Why does your name matter that much? It's just a name, you'd be the same person no matter what you were called...

If "wherefor" did mean "where", the whole flow of the narrative is destroyed - "Romeo, where are you? By the way, it doesn't matter what you're called".

Doesn't work, does it?

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