In an email a friend of mine wrote to me:

I got a couple of books from a friend on math and what not.

Can anyone please tell me what does what not mean here? If there is any meaning.

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    I disagree with the close voter. You could look up both what and not in a dictionary and sift through the meanings for a very long time and still be puzzled. Only after you realize "whatnot" has its own entry does the problem become trivial – but clearly the O.P. didn't have that clue to the puzzle. This is a fair ELL question.
    – J.R.
    Jun 2, 2014 at 23:57

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Looks like your friend has inserted a space in whatnot, as you have done in anyone.

From Collins dictionary:

People sometimes say 'and whatnot' or 'or whatnot' after mentioning one or more things, to refer in a vague way to other things which are similar. (informal, spoken, vagueness) ⇒ "The women were there in their jeans and T-shirts and overalls and whatnot." ⇒ "The council can send messages or letters or whatnot in Spanish."

  • Thank you very much ! yes you have found my and my friends problem. I have fixed mine, hopefully he is going to fix his next time. I googled it and understood it even more :)
    – K137
    Jun 2, 2014 at 23:12

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