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

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 8 17:18:03 UTC 2014


My mother recently confided in me that she was a warsh speaker until early
adulthood (in Cincinnati).  She was born in 1937.  I heard it from some
speakers while I was growing up there in the 70s.

Randy

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 5:14 AM, David Daniel <david at coarsecourses.com>
wrote:

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> 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".
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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.
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> -- Doug Wilson
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