Who'd a thunk it?

what does this mean?
i can’t fine more info about it.
thank you in advance.

Hi Davy

That’s a slang way of saying “Who would have thought it?”
[i]- Who’d = Who would

  • a = have
  • thunk = thought[/i]

It is used to express surprise that something unexpected has happened. Thus, in more standard English, someone might say something like one of these instead:

  • Who would have expected that to happen?
  • Would anyone have ever expected something like that to happen?
  • I can hardly believe that actually happened!

It’s a deliberate use of a non-standard verb form to mean “Who would have thought so?” or more specifically: This comes as a surprise to us all!
Who’d have thought it… who’d 'a thunk it.

(Because the verb “drink” goes drink, drank, drunk it’s easy to think that “think” goes think, thank, thunk. That’s where the “thunk” comes from.)

thank you Yankee and Barb-D
I GOT it.

I would a never, for the life of me, guessed what it actually means.
When I first saw the title of the thread, the first idea that popped into my head was that it means something along the lines of what do you think of it (what do ya think) :smiley: :lol:

Hi Alex

Do you mean to tell me that you are not yet completely fluent in the use of woulda/coulda/shoulda?!?
Who’d’a thunk it?! :shock:
I’d’a thunk you already knew all about that! :lol: :wink:

Sorry to disappoint you, maybe I would have had more luck if it was “thought”, instead of “thunk”. This word “thunk” put me off the trail :smiley:

PS: Besides, I looked up the word “thunk” and it also means “thud”. Who would’ve thunk it! :slight_smile:

Hi Alex

Judging by the search results for “thunk” at onelook.com, it appears that any use of “thunk” would be rather more American than British – no matter whether it’s used to mean “thud” or not. :lol:

The AHD does list “thunk” as a nonstandard form of “think”, however:

And apparently there’s also something called thunk programming in “Tech-ese”.
Now, who’d a thunk that?!?