Exposure to language

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Wed Dec 11 17:51:44 UTC 2002

I assume you meant "washcloths" for the plural? vs. wash[kloz]?

At 11:51 AM 12/11/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>I am from Ashland, Ky.  I just wanted to share this little story that
>happened at my house a few months ago.  My friend spent the night at my
>house and asked, "Can I have a warsh rag?"  My sister, who is eleven said
>"Oh Tracy you don't have to use a rag.  We have washclothes."  She had no
>idea what my friend was talking about.  I found it odd that she didn't
>understand that she meant washcloth because I have heard it said before by
>my grandma and other older people.  My parents laughed about the whole
>story and were trying to explain to my sister that it is common for some
>people to say this.
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