what-iffery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

what-if +‎ -ery

Noun[edit]

what-iffery (uncountable)

  1. (informal) Speculation as to what might have happened if something else had happened earlier.
    • 2000, Yvonne Sherwood, A biblical text and its afterlives (page 209)
      [] what if Jonah is a piece of what-iffery, a story, an experiment with words, rather than a carefully honed piece of polemic []