Whydunit vs Howdunit - What's the difference?

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Whydunit is a related term of howdunit.


As nouns the difference between whydunit and howdunit

is that whydunit is a type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but what were their motives for committing it while howdunit is a type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but how they have done so.

whydunit

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but what were their motives for committing it.
  • 1985 , Laurence Urdang, Walter W. Hunsinger, Nancy LaRoche: Picturesque expressions: a thematic dictionary , p 420[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=E3MYAAAAIAAJ&q=whodunit+howdunit+whydunit&dq=whodunit+howdunit+whydunit&lr=]:
  • :* Connery takes over the interrogation and in the process beats the man to death. This much we know almost from the beginning, so the film is less of a whodunit than a whydunit .
  • howdunit

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but how they have done so.
  • 1969 , Ellery Queen: In the Queens' Parlor, and Other Leaves from the Editors' Notebook , p 72 [http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ZnBSWLVZ29QC&pg=PA72&dq=whodunit+howdunit+whydunit]:
  • :* After half a century, the whodunit was joined by the howdunit , in which the emphasis swung from the identity of the murderer to the method by which the murder was committed.
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