Tuesday – 21 June 2016
Excerpted from a conversation:
[11:48 AM] Dave1: Dave2, interesting. You said earlier “guessing another breaker needs replaced”, and that use of “needs + past participle” is quite localized to western PA. http://microsyntax.sites.yale.edu/needs-washed
[11:49 AM] Rob: Dave1: It’s not that localized. I hear it here all the time.
[11:50 AM] Dave1: uhoh, it’s spreading.
[11:50 AM] Rob: It’s fostered my “Whatever happened to transitive verbs?” question
[11:50 AM] Steve: dear god. we must stop it.
[11:50 AM] Dave2: oh….more likely is my shitty typing…I would have vocalized “needs to be replaced” or “needs replacing”
[11:50 AM] Dave1: There might be an Oregon branch of it: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/needs-washed
[11:51 AM] Dave1: “You’ll see that although it’s concentrated in the areas I just mentioned, it’s certainly not limited to them. For example, I was surprised by the number of people in southern Oregon and southern Idaho who reported hearing “needs washed” kind of sentences.”
[11:51 AM] Rob: Yeah. That.
[11:51 AM] Dave1: (red means ‘not heard’)
[11:51 AM] Steve: looks like the Dakotas are the only safe place left.
[11:52 AM] Dave1: isn’t that because there’s nobody there? 🙂
[11:52 AM] Steve: probably.
[11:52 AM] Steve: oh. and Maine
[11:52 AM] Dave1: the lobstahs kill anyone who says ‘needs washed’ in Maine.
[11:53 AM] dga: DFWTL.
[11:58 AM] Rob:Old furry lobsters.
[11:58 AM] Steve: Fury Lobsters.
[11:59 AM] Rob:Nick Fury Lobsters!
[11:59 AM] Steve: Fast and the Nick Furious.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go write a fan-fic about one-eyed, secret agent lobsters in obscenely fast cars….