[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
"wash". 
DAD

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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)
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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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