"change out a window", "paint out a shelf"

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed Jul 19 19:59:49 UTC 2006

A house painter today asked me about the addition of "out" to verbs that don't seem to need it.
"Do you want these windows painted?"
"No, we're gonna change out these windows."
"We're gonna paint out that shelf."

He tells me that he's heard these sentences from contractors and adds "I find that kinda annoying."

Is this use of "change out" and "paint out" more than a localism?

Gerald Cohen
(in south central Missouri)

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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