If you say that you have the wherewithal to buy a house, what you are saying is that you have the means to do it. In other words, you have the money to buy one. In most cases, the word is used to refer to funds. The stress is on the first syllable.

*The wherewithal was sent to our factory in Hyderabad to produce spurious drugs.

Source: S. Upendran, The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, March 20, 2006


3 thoughts on “‘wherewithal’

  1. Dear Sir,

    I am an avid follower of your site.I just want to know whether “Racial Discriminations” and “Racial profiling” are same in the meaning .


    • dear ahmed:

      Thank you for visiting this blog. As you know this is a compilation of Know Your English Columns from The Hindu.

      To my understanding racial profiling is a form of racial discrimination. According to freedictionary.com, racial discrimination is ‘discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race’ by anybody or any group, organisation or entity.

      On the other hand racial profiling is a practice adopted by law investigation and/or enforcement agencies (like police).

      One of the simplest definition I have found is ‘any police or private security practice in which a person is treated as a suspect because of his or her race, ethnicity, nationality or religion’. (www.deanza.edu/faculty/leeethan/glossary.html)

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