Tuesday, June 14, 2011

(How) in the world…

(How/ what/ why/ where/ who/ when) in the world…: This is used to emphasize that you are surprised or angry. Another way of saying “How in the world…” would be, “How the hell…” which has its equivalent in many languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.

1. How in the world do people survive on less than $1 a day!? For instance, 73% of Somalis, 70% of Nigerians, 63% of Zambians and 59% of Gambians live on less than $1 a day.

2. What in the world is that? It looks like a UFO.

3. Why in the world are we on this earth? Why do we exist? Is there a purpose to life?

4. For 10 years nobody knew where in the world Osama Bin Laden was hiding out. 

5. Who in the world is Gill Bates? Is he the boss of the Sicromoft company or is he Bill Gates’ dyslexic alter ego? You can “Google” him… go ahead and try it.

6. When in the world will Muammar Gaddafi step down or be taken out of power? 


  1. Great one! I use it a lot, especially when I see a bug in mu house. HOE IN THE WORLD DID THAT GET HERE! see, how it's useful?

  2. My response is usually, "How in the world do you think it got there!?"

  3. Hi Frank,

    I've been missed you... "where in the world" were you?


  4. Hi Itamar, thanks for dropping a line. I've been out of action for some time... but I'm back!

  5. What's on earth I've had not found this website long before? It's time for some catching up. ;P

  6. "Why on earth didn't I find this website earlier?". Haha... yes, I hope you catch up a little. I post about 4 new expressions a week. I hope you learn tons of new things Nairon!