Herbie is a man of few words. Herbie uses unusual speech patterns, often leaving out subjects and objects or verbs. Rather than ask "Is something happening?" Herbie will just say "Something?" sometimes in response to an attack. It can indicate being oblivious
to what is going on. Also popular: HUH?
Herbie did not use the expression until halfway through the Herbie comic series, but then it became common.
Index terms: what's up, what do you want, what's happening, someone, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney