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Meaning of HDTH

What Does HDTH Mean?

HDTH (How Did That Happen?) is used to request an explanation of how an event occurred. (In other words, the meaning of the expanded abbreviation can be taken literally.) Of note though, HDTH is also used to request an explanation of why an event occurred. (NB: WDTH is not used for this, most probably because it is an accepted abbreviation for "width".)

HDTH is sometimes expanded to "However Did That Happen?". This version is more emphatic than "How Did That Happen?".
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Definition for HDTH

HDTH means "How Did That Happen?". This is the most common definition for HDTH on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about HDTH:

Definition:How Did That Happen?
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When I write HDTH, I mean this:

meaning of HDTH
"How did that happen?"

Examples of HDTH in Sentences

Here are examples of HDTH being used in conversations:
  • Person A: My car got a puncture so I was late for the interview.
  • Person B: HDTH
  • Person A: I hit a pothole at 40 mph.
  • (Here, HDTH is asking "how".)
  • Person A: Jane didn't talk to Mark all night.
  • Person B: HDTH
  • Person A: Mark's possessive ex-girlfriend was lingering.
  • (Here, HDTH is asking "why".)

An Academic Look at HDTH

HDTH is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Aitch Dee Tee Aitch), but as this is harder to say than "How did that happen," it is not often said using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation HDTH is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

HDTH plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written " HDTH?" or "HDTH".

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "What caused that?" instead of HDTH.

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Using HDTH on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


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