- all right; it's acceptable
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Origin of Why
From Middle English, from Old English hwȳ, hwÄ« (“why", instrumental case of hwæt (“what"), literally “by what, for what"), from Proto-Germanic *hwÄ« (“by what, how"), from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·ey, locative of *kʷís (“who"). Cognate with Middle High German wiu (“how, why"), Danish and Swedish hvi (“why"), Faroese and Icelandic hví (“why"), Latin cui (“to whom", dative case of quÄ« (“who, how, why")), Ancient Greek πει (pei, “where"). Compare Old English þȳ (“because, since, on that account, therefore, then", literally “by that, for that"). See thy.
Middle English from Old English hwȳ kwo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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