I'm beginning to think that I've been using the question, "What do you mean?" wrongly, all my life.
I've been using it to respond to any situation where I wanted someone to further explain what he or she had said.
For instance, if Joe said to me, "You can't trust Rick", I would say, "What do you mean?" If Bubba says, "That's silly, Gilbert!", I would also respond with "What do you mean?". If Jack says, "It's not working out between Jill and me," I would still say, "What do you mean, Jack?"
Should my correct response be "How do you mean?" instead of "What do you mean?". I'm asking this because I recently discovered that "What do you mean?" is used to show ANNOYANCE ONLY.
Please tell me that the dictionary is wrong!