[Ads-l] Query about dialectal "warsh" (wash)

David Daniel david at COARSECOURSES.COM
Mon Dec 8 10:14:10 UTC 2014

Both my parents (born 1919/20 - raised in Indianapolis) said warsh -
actually it was more like worsh. I grew up in California and did not. At
some point in my teens I called them on it and they consciously changed to

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Douglas G. Wilson
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 2:16 AM

Poster:       "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>
Subject:      Re: Query about dialectal "warsh" (wash)

Sometimes the "intrusive R" in "warsh" is called characteristic of St. 
Louis, but it is also called characteristic of Pittsburgh and Baltimore 
and some other places. On-line I see it called characteristic of Midland 
dialect (US) in general. Also "Midwest". Also Western/Northwestern US. 
Also "Ohio Valley".  I've heard it plenty in PA, OH, IL. I've heard it 
in Detroit, and I've heard _about_ it in Detroit without anybody 
suggesting that it wasn't/isn't usual there (is it?). I also see it 
mentioned in connection with West Somerset (UK). Probably there are some 
remarks somewhere in the ADS-L archive.

-- Doug Wilson

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