Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Masonic [need + past participle]

“His hair needed cut”: so says a witness in the Perry Mason episode “The Case of the Wrathful Wraith” (November 7, 1965).

[Need + past participle] is an Illinoism. The witness, Rosemary Welch, was played by Jeanne Bal, a Chicago native. Was [need + past participle] in the script? Did this verb form just slip out?

Paul, have one of your operatives out at the studios look into it.

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Other needs, other past participles

comments: 2

Elaine said...

My Pennsylvanian hubby says things like, "Do you need hugged?" ( to the cat, not me)... andit druives me nuts,

Michael Leddy said...

The American Heritage Dictionary says “ especially western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio” — so there you go. Is your cat from there? : )