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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 1 22:07:01 EST 2017

On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 1:04 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

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

Sounds normal to me, too. But the "problem" - I use the term reservedly -
was that I couldn't decide whether such a usage existed outside of the dark
recesses of my mind in what may or may not have been a false memory.
Hearing Dr. Phil use it reassured me that my memory of hearing and using
"want _for_ you to" perform some action is real and not "Just my
imagination / Running away with me / Just my imagina-a-tion / Running... /
Awa-a-ay... / With me," as The Temptations once sang.

> Mainly a Southern / South Midland feature?

Seem like t' me. I've never heard it at all, anywhere other than in East
Texas in general and in the ArkLaTex, in particular. And, of course, Dr.
Phil is the only white speaker that I've ever heard use it.

[Correction: Dr. Phil is, in fact, a native Oklahoman, though, in his
youth, he spent time in Texas, where his father was an oil-field worker.]
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

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

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