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George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Nov 7 10:43:42 EST 2018


Well, I know that there are regions where "the lawn needs mowed", &c is the
usual expression, and I don't doubt that Wilson does too.  But "he needs
sent to prison" is weird, perhaps because what follows "needs" is a phrase,
not a simple verb.

GAT,
rashly venturing out of the 19th century, his true home.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 11:26 PM, Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Sure, haven't you heard that usage before (*needs PassPart* for the
> standard *needs to be Passpart*)? It's midwestern, I believe, and maybe
> narrower than that in distribution, but I don't remember anything more
> about it.
>
> Mark Mandel
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 8:50 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > A comment by an Illinoisan:
> > "He _needs sent_ to prison !"
> >
> > --
> > -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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-- 
George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)
http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851

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