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  • A rhetorical question asked to show that the person asking it neither knows the answer nor knows who might.
  • A rhetorical question asked to express the idea that anything is possible or that anything could happen.


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  • “Anyway,” I went on, “thank goodness Frankie called Hildy right after she talked to me, because she sprung into action and really saved me from who knows what.”


  • Phaethornis superciliosus, says Peggy, who knows a thousand things by their names.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • If we do not catch up with Blueskin tonight, who knows when we might get another chance?


  • The priest, however, who knows that he should offer the Mass in behalf of living persons, and not for the departed, has no reasonable cause to celebrate the Mass of Requiem, and therefore may not licitly celebrate it.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Sopris, climb the Holy Cross Couloir on Friday/Saturday, and who knows what else from there!

    127 Hours

  • Somewhere in the course of his boat journey eastward, Wallace had passed out of one zoogeographic realm and into another—into a realm where possums replaced monkeys, cockatoos replaced trogons, cassowaries replaced babirusas, and birds of paradise replaced who knows what.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • But who knows what “lots” or “good” may mean to a gentleman who works in a warehouse in Dobo.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • You know very well how the memsahib feels about you, and if the sahib knew you were here, who knows how he would react.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • In some of the sketches, White's delivery saved what was basically a dumb idea -- consider this, in which Grandma is the only person in the family who knows why Gingey (Poehler) doesn't want to go to the dance.

    NPR Topics: News

  • And who knows how many rebirth cases have eluded the nets of Dr. Stevenson and his colleagues?

    Experiencing the Next World Now


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