In the movie The Martian in a scene right after the failed launch of provisions, there's a text on the screen as a chat message arrives at one of the scientists' computer.
how'd the launch go?
Now, as far I'm informed, the only two meanings of how'd are:
- how would
- how had
Now, (1) makes no sense semantically, since the event is already in the past, so it couldn't go in any other way than it already has. Then, (2) is grammatically wrong, as the form of to go should then be gone, as in had gone.
Since the involved parties are both highly educated individuals, I can't really chalk it up on colloquial sloppiness. Intuitively, it should be did, as in how did it go, which makes semantic sense and observes grammatical congruence. However, I can't find any reference of 'd being an abbreviation for did.
What am I missing?