That’s a Whole “Nuther” Story

This wacky word is making a comeback in 2023. Already several times in the new year I’ve heard professional speakers and broadcasters—and even a preacher—use the word “nuther.” 


But, I’m posting this blog today because I saw someone actually write it in a paper: nuther.


Is nuther a word? Short answer: No.


We hear people say, “That’s a whole nuther story.” Or, “We’re looking at a whole nuther level of shenanigans.”


However, the solution is not necessarily to correct it with “a whole other story,” which is poor grammar. Rather, I believe the problem lies with the word “whole.” What is actually happening is the speaker is inserting the “whole” between the first and second syllables of “another,” and the result is “a-whole-nother” story. This sounds like “a whole nuther” story.


So, the solution is to get rid of “whole.” Just say, “That’s another story.” That’s another story for another day. Whether it’s spelled nother or nuther, don’t say it—and certainly don’t write it.


What about you? What’s another wacky word you are hearing and seeing a lot these days and, perhaps, you’ve always questioned?


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