"Well, wudga marry him for, then?" Mary Jane said.

This sentence comes from the story Uncly Wiggily in Connecticut by J. D. Salinger. I suppose that "wudga" here means "why do you". Can you tell me how this word is created. On the Internet I have found only "wudga" meaning a hero from old German and Scandinavian legends.

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    Could be a contraction of "what did ya" -> "what d'ja" -> "wudja". – Victor Bazarov Sep 15 '15 at 11:44
  • @VictorBazarov Exactly right. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 15 '15 at 11:45
  • The "dga" here is pronounced like "ju" in "justice", BTW. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 15 '15 at 17:15

Encouraged by StoneyB's reply to my comment,

This is a contraction of "what did you".

Well, what did you marry him for, then? -->
Well, what did ya marry him for, then? -->
Well, what d'ja marry him for, then? -->
Well, whadja marry him for, then? -->
Well, wudga marry him for, then?

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