needs washed

Page Stephens hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
Sun Jan 26 15:06:51 UTC 2003

Perhaps my ear is entirely out of tune with the rest of you but as a person
who grew up in Southern Illinois the correct pronunciation of the word is
woyshed a pronunciation I keep until this day just so that I can upset my
friends who incorrectly pronounce it warshed wahshed, etc.

Everyone ultimately has to draw a line in the sand, and this is where I draw

Page Stephens

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Goodman" <dsgood at VISI.COM>
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 6:13 PM
Subject: needs washed

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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Dan Goodman <dsgood at VISI.COM>
> Subject:      needs washed
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> 1) According to a native of Pittsburgh, the proper pronunciation is
> "needs warshed".
> 2) In a Usenet discussion, someone from Northern Ireland was very
> surprised to learn that "needs washed" is unusual in any part of the
> English-speaking world.

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