[Ads-l] Facebookery: Pennsylvania conservative writes

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 17 14:56:12 UTC 2018

The first time that I heard it, ca.1973, it was told to me as an example of
the peculiarities of the local dialect of his hometown, Erie, PA, by a
buddy of mine, Bill Pepicello, then a grad student in linguistics at Brown,
cf. now
Anymore, I myself live in Northeast PA - Wilkes-Barre metro area - where
this construction is likewise common in local speech.

In the instance cited above, the writer is from Middleburg, PA, in Snyder
County, which is in Central PA, three counties southwest of Luzerne County,
wherein lies Wilkes-Barre.

On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 7:29 AM Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>

> This construction is not uncommon. It’s also found in Scots.
> Long ago a friend from Reading (Pennsylvania) told me that “Your hair
> needs warshed” was a Pittsburghism.
> > On 16 Jul 2018, at 20:27, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > "[Dem. Gov.] Wolfe _needs voted out_ [for proposing to use public funds
> for
> > removing lead from public schools].”
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