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It's a word in about the same sense as "whys" is; I see it used in phrases like "the whats and whys of..." A search on "the whats" on Google Books gets in the neighborhood of a thousand hits. --Dajagr 17:05, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
It should be restored then. Fark 17:31, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
I guess you could have the plural of ANY word - meaning more than one instance of it. So if there was more than one whats in a book we would then need whatses and then whatseses to describe them. Or am I being silly? (Delete) Παρατηρητής
Yes, that would be silly. However, in *this* case, "what" is being used as a stand-in for other terms. Not instances of "what" but "the whats" that are actually instances of something else. Quite a different case. Jeffqyzt 15:31, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
I have added cites and expanded the definition as to the "stand-in" usage. I suppose we should do whys, hows, whens, etc. But I'm rather meh about them. Jeffqyzt 01:33, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

Cited. Rfvpassed. Andrew massyn 18:30, 29 August 2006 (UTC)