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    Why, certainly!

    John: Greg, will you please pass this note to Shelly?
    Greg: Why, certainly! Heh, heh.

    What does "why" mean in the above dialog?

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    Re: Why, certainly!

    It's called an interjection, and you can read more about its use here:

    Interjection "why" in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - WordReference Forums

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    Re: Why, certainly!

    "Why certainly!" was a catch phrase from "The Three Stooges" series of short comedic films made in the early to mid 20th Century. This may be a reference to that.

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