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For what purpose?

\fur waat per-puss\
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In officialese, asking someone "Why?" is looked down upon. "Why" is too flippant, too short, too informal, too direct, too to-the-point. It is often replaced by "For what purpose?"

It also conveys to the counterparty that you believe in doing everything with a "purpose".

Usage

"Sir, I need your signature on this document."
"For what purpose?"

"Appa, can I go to Shilpa's house?"
"For what purpose?"

"For what purpose you are travelling out of station?

Added 2011-09-29 by TNagarTornado