how should I know?

This page is about the conversational phrase how should I know?


You can say this if you're annoyed because you've been asked a question you couldn't possibly know the answer to.

For example

  • "Where did your brother go?"
    "How should I know? I'm not his guardian!"

  • "Can you take alcohol into Malaysia?"
    "How should I know? I've never even been there!"

Quick Quiz

I said, "Why isn't Lee here?" and Ken said, "How should I know?" Ken was

a. pleased I'd asked him

b. surprised I'd asked him

c. sorry that he don't know

Contributor: Matt Errey