The word "gotcha" isn’t a real word. It’s the combination of two words–"got" and "you." The "ch" sound is a result of the "t" sound gliding into the "y" sound (which happens a lot in English). There are a few different ways of using this word:
1. "gotcha" = This first example is a response. It’s very similar to "Okay, I understand."
2. "gotcha" = Adults sometimes use this with children. A little boy or girl is running around the room and then suddenly an adult or a parent reaches down, grabs the child, and says "Gotcha!"
3. "gotcha" = You can use this as an adjective to describe an unfair question or a question that makes a person look foolish or uncomfortable in answering it.
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July 18, 2014