Learn English – How did ‘anyway’ become ‘anyways,’ anyway

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All of the time I see people use these two words synonymously. For example:

Why did he move there anyway?

Versus:

Why did he move there anyways?

I always assumed that there was once just the word anyway that one day had an S added to the end for some reason. Is this assumption correct? What morphological process enables this to happen?

Best Answer

I've always thought the addition of the S was just an affectation. Slang usage.

People use laters/laterz online a lot in a similar way. There are other variants seen for anyhow, anyhoo is quite popular, spoken and written.