needs washed

Miriam Meyers Miriam.Meyers at METROSTATE.EDU
Mon Jan 27 21:20:52 UTC 2003

My spouse, a Pittsburgh native, has "needs washed," something that
struck my Southern ear (Atlanta native) as quite strange from the first
time I heard it (36+ years ago).  Neither he nor any of his family
members (at least the ones I know) has "warshed."  (The family combines
Pittsburgh working and middle class backgrounds.)
But here's the interesting observation: Last night Twin Cities Public
Television repeated a Nature film on puppies.  The Scotsman (I BELIEVE
the setting was Scotland) observed of a Border collie pup that he "won't
want petted" under certain circumstances. My ears perked up, of course.
Miriam Meyers

Miriam Meyers
Professor Emerita
Literature and Language
Metropolitan State University
St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota
miriammeyers at or
miriam.meyers at
2000 W. 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405-2414

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