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What starts out as an investigation into the suicide of a man — whose depression and anxiety seemed to be lifting just before his death — turns into a whodunit.
Jesse’s murder is a whydunnit, while the whodunit, the case driving the show’s revelations and mystery, is who shot Joey Campbell.
Top of the Lake: China Girl Like its 2013 predecessor, co-writers Jane Campion and Gerard Lee's crime drama isn't simply a whodunit for Elisabeth Moss's cracking-at-the-seams detective to solve.
This ostensible whodunit involves a serial killer who’s preying on women, leaving behind carefully arranged body parts and a childlike snowman as a kind of elaborate signature.
Here, the focus goes from a morbid game of chance to a smart whodunit.
Since that’s not in the equation, the focus goes from a morbid game of chance to a smart whodunit.
In short, these Bears are a mystery, but not a whodunit as much as a who'll do it, as in who'll throw the ball, who'll run the ball, who'll block, who'll tackle and who'll kick and who'll catch.
America loves a good whodunit, according to the survey conducted by National Today.
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Did You Know?
In 1930, Donald Gordon, a book reviewer for News of Books, needed to come up with something to say about a rather unremarkable mystery novel called Half-Mast Murder. "A satisfactory whodunit," he wrote. The coinage played fast and loose with spelling and grammar, but "whodunit" caught on anyway. Other writers tried respelling it "who-done-it," and one even insisted on using "whodidit," but those sanitized versions lacked the punch of the original and have fallen by the wayside. "Whodunit" became so popular that by 1939 at least one language pundit had declared it "already heavily overworked" and predicted it would "soon be dumped into the taboo bin." History has proven that prophecy false, and "whodunit" is still going strong.
Origin and Etymology of whodunit
First Known Use: 1929See Words from the same year
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