In several postings I’ve seen on the board, the poster says something, then finishes the post with:
By context I understand it’s meant to imply that the something said was likely to generate strange looks or double-takes, and the poster means to pre-emptively say Hey, What’s Wrong With That? (I’ve tried to find more than the one example but apparently nobody has used the word ‘what’ in any post over the last full year on the board – who knew?) I admit this description of my interpretation is open to argument, but I feel my understanding is sufficient if not my explanation. This is not my question.
What I want to know is, how do you inflect it? Do you say “what?” as though you’d been busy with something and suddenly realized people were looking at you? “What?” in that slightly annoyed tone that you affect when someone stares at you too long? “Wot?” like wot the British do, eh wot? Or some other way?
Oh – I pronounce it the first way, rhymes with “huh?” (Drat! Pronounce is to rhyme as inflect is to what?)