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00:55 Oct 12, 2020
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English term or phrase: whodunit
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
A detective story or mystery story.

Example sentence(s):
  • A good way to kill the suspense in your whodunit is to make your antagonist predictable and cartoonish. Alyssa Mackay
  • Are we in a new Golden Age of the whodunit? Telegraph
  • While Agatha Christie is still the first to spring to mind when thinking of the ultimate ‘whodunit’ books, detectives, murderers and victims have changed a lot since then; the breadth of crime, thrillers, detective and psychological novels out there, keeping us on tenterhooks until the last few pages, is vast. WH Smith
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4 +1(слэнг) детективная история, история раскрытия убийства
Boris Pogoriller


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(слэнг) детективная история, история раскрытия убийства

Definition from own experience or research:
"Who [has] done it?" - сокращено и упрощено до "whodunit".

A classical 'whodunit' murder mystery with a twist at the end.

'Whodunit' - US Eng.; 'whodunnit' Brit. Eng.

Example sentence(s):
Boris Pogoriller
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Votes in favor of/against selecting this as the best translation of the term asked
Yes  Lesia Kutsenko: фильм
6 hrs
  -> Спасибо!

No  Anton Fedorchuk: Скорее это поджанр детектива - "Кто это сделал" - в котором основное внимание уделяется именно поиску виновного (например, убийцы), а не другим аспектам. Есть другие поджанры - "Крутой детектив" - "Hardboiled".
1 day 6 hrs
  -> Спасибо, Антон. По моему, who has done it - детективный роман или рассказ о поиске виновного в убийстве. А вот "круто сваренный" это скорее отсыл к главному персонажу, который действует собственными и не всегда законными методами чтобы добиться правосудия

Yes  Oleksandra Matviichuk
31 days
  -> Спасибо!
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