[Ads-l] Heard: "want _for_ you to do"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 1 13:04:46 EST 2017

Sounds pretty normal to me, though not in my idiotlect.

Mainly a Southern/ South Midland feature?


On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 3:53 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> For dekkids, I've had an inkling in the back of my thinking-cap that, at
> some point in my life, perhaps when I was a child in Texas, I and the
> people around me used the structure
> "_want *for*_ [Noun Phrase] to Verb"
> and not simply
> "_want_ [Noun Phrase] to Verb"
> But it was just a vague feeling and nobody around me now uses it and I
> don't use it, even by mistake. It just pops into my head, from time to
> time.
> I've just heard Dr. Phil, also a native of Texas, say,
> "What I want _for_ you to do is to follow the plan that I'm going to set up
> for you."
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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